Thursday, March 8, 2007

Stolen Laptop

For several weeks now, a stolen laptop has been news in the Denver area. It’s not just any laptop because they are stolen every day. The one in the news disappeared from the Colorado State Court office. By itself, that wouldn’t be news either.

The interesting twist on this story is the laptop had Lojack on it. That’s a hidden program that sends it’s location when connected to the Internet. With that information, a stolen laptop can be found.

So this stolen laptop ends up being traced to the home of a former judge, Larry Manzanares, who just happened to work in the building where the laptop was stolen. His story was that he bought it in a parking lot. Wow, what a coincidence.

At the time of the theft, the former judge was the Denver City Attorney. He also teaches ethics classes at the University of Denver. Of course, he has now resigned.

In today’s news, it’s revealed that certain people in the State Court office tried to get the case dropped after they found out who had the laptop. A Denver Deputy District attorney was going to drop the whole thing but thankfully, superiors overruled her. Maybe they paid attention in ethics class.

There is an old saying which is also in the Bible, “be sure your sin will find you out.” Can you imagine the surprise Larry Manzanares felt when the police knocked on his door? How did they know?

Sin makes you stupid. That is the only explanation of why we do such ridiculous things and think we won’t get caught and nobody will get hurt.

Little things lead to big things. Don’t mess around with the small, the grey area, and you probably won’t end up in some horrendous situation.

Philip

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