Throughout the Cory Voorhis case, radio talk show host Peter Boyles, who did a tremendous amount of good for Voorhis and for justice by championing Voorhis in the case, never missed a chance to attack Bob Beauprez, accusing him of abandoning Voorhis in his time of greatest need.
I was on the air frequently with Boyles because of my "investigative reporting" about the case, and each time when I was trying to talk about how the justice system was persecuting Voorhis at the at-least-implied behest of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Boyles found a way to attack Beauprez, and each time I responded to Boyles that I believed he would be proven wrong about Beauprez.
I know Bob Beauprez a little bit and he has always struck me as an honest and honorable man. I supported him in his campaign for governor, but was not blind to the fact that the campaign wasn't very good and he wasn't likely to win.
It makes the recent news revelation that much more relevant.
Bob Beauprez has released on his web site a letter which he received from Cory Voorhis in which Voorhis acknowledges and thanks Beauprez for offering assistance 18 months ago, at the beginning of Voorhis' ordeal.
You can read the letter at Beauprez's web site here:
Voorhis' attorneys turned down the offer because they did not want to risk the case appearing to be about partisanship. Beauprez said nothing publicly and was pilloried in the media, particularly by Peter Boyles, yet maintained his silence even though making his prior offer public would have been much better for him personally.
Just as many people owe apologies to Cory Voorhis for assuming him to be guilty, those who attacked Beauprez without giving him the benefit of the doubt as to his honor should offer Beauprez the praise he has earned at great personal expense to his reputation.
I was very pleased to hear that Bob Beauprez joined Peter Boyles in studio this morning and Boyles offered Beauprez an apology.
You can hear the clip from the radio show here:
It raises my opinion of Peter Boyles, though I have to say I wish he were as fair to Beauprez throughout the Voorhis case as he was to others. Indeed, the real villain in the case, Bill Ritter, seemed to be treated better by Boyles than Beauprez was. In any case, I'm sure the apology wasn't an easy thing for Boyles to do, and I very much appreciate that he offered it.