CBS4 reports on a bizarre care involving longtime local Republican attorney Robert Corry, who played a disputed role in the authoring and passage of 2012’s Amendment 64 legalizing recreational marijuana–but has proven his own worst enemy in terms of self-sabotaging craziness wrecking his attempts to join the political mainstream:
The attorney for the truck driver accused of killing four people in a fiery crash on Interstate 70 was arrested on Friday. Robert Corry, 51, faces kidnapping, vehicle theft and reckless endangerment charges after he allegedly told his ex-fiancee at Denver International Airport that he was being chased by Arabs and then caused a series of car accidents.
According to arrest paperwork, the woman had come to the airport Friday evening to pick Corry up. But Corry grabbed her and said the Arabs that were after him had a helicopter. [Pols emphasis]
He then hurried to her car. Corry didn’t have permission to drive it but he got behind the wheel and with her inside he struck several vehicles as he was leaving the DIA parking area. The car then plowed through one of the airport’s toll gates. Corry was allegedly honking the car horn and yelling at people.
The best way to describe this is what what comedian Pauly Shore used to call “snapping into your own ‘Nam.” Needless to say, losing one’s mind in this manner at a secure facility like an international airport is going to attract some negative attention!
On the occasion of Corry’s latest arrest, Westword’s Michael Roberts looked deeper into his background, and…well, hoo-boy:
Corry has not responded to interview requests from Westword about the latest incident; if and when we hear back from him, we’ll update this post. But in June 2013, we recapped some of his rap sheet after a fresh arrest for breaking the window of a recreational vehicle. He was subsequently acquitted of charges in the RV case, but he wasn’t so lucky in 1998, when he was charged in Washington, D.C., with menacing some drinking buddies using a shotgun. For this offense, he served 35 days in jail.
Then, in 2006, Corry was accused of sexual assault. In that incident, a female friend with narcolepsy who’d been drinking wound up spending the night at the Arvada residence Corry shared with his then-wife, fellow attorney Jessica Peck. The woman subsequently awakened to discover that a naked man was on top of her. She initially thought it was her boyfriend and began performing oral sex on him, only to discover moments later that the person in question was actually Corry, who later blamed his behavior on alcohol.
Westword reports that Corry pled down to a simple assault charge and served 44 days in jail. Corry later got mouthy with a Denver cop who was ticketing him for smoking pot at Coors Field post-legalization. None of that colorful history appears to have affected Corry’s ability to practice law, however, since he is (at least for the time being) serving as defense counsel for the driver of a semi that plowed into stopped traffic on I-70 in late April after allegedly ignoring runaway truck ramps.
This latest incident involves felony charges that would upon conviction create big problems for Corry either practicing law or owning a gun going forward–both of which we’d say would be appropriate outcomes, and arguably would have been 20 years ago when Corry pointed a shotgun at his drinking buddies in notoriously anti-gun Washington, DC.
The moral of the story? In politics and criminal defense alike, choose your counsel wisely.