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Daniel P. Rubinstein is the District Attorney for the 21st Judicial District of Colorado. He was born in Denver, Colorado on August 29, 1971.
Rubinstein graduated from Cherry Creek High School in 1989. He attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California from 1989 to 1993 where he obtained a bachelors degree in Economics. In 1993 he began law school at Drake University School of Law in Des Moines, Iowa where he graduated with honors.
Rubinstein began working in the District Attorney's Office for the Twenty-First Judicial District of Colorado on November 14, 1996. He was hired by Frank Daniels (D) and worked in the county court division through 1999. Rubinstein began prosecuting juvenile and sexual assault cases in January of 2000. On July 31, 2002 he left the district attorney's office with Tammy Eret, and Rich Tuttle, two fellow prosecutors, and opened the law firm Tuttle, Eret and Rubinstein, LLC. On January 12, 2005, after 2 1/2 years in private practice, he and his partners shut down the law firm to accept positions back with the district attorney's office when Pete Hautzinger, (R) was elected to replace Frank Daniels. Rubinstein was appointed the Chief Deputy District Attorney in charge of county court and the drug division.
In 2005, Rubinstein became the co-chair of the Mesa County Methamphetamine Task force and was primarily responsible in 2007 for designing Summit View, a government-funded drug treatment program which can be used in place of the jail for pre-trial inmates. Summit View was constructed as a jail alternative and approximately half the cost. Rubinstein's extensive work in drug prosecution and innovative ways to handle the drug problem in Mesa County, Colorado earned him an appointment to the State Methamphetamine Task Force, and the State Drug Policy Task Force, as a subcommittee of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Rubinstein also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colorado from December, 2006 until January of 2012.
In 2013, Rubinstein took over as Chief Deputy District Attorney in charge of the crime against children unit.
On October 16, 2015, Rubinstein was appointed to be the district attorney by Governor John Hickenlooper (D) to be the District Attorney after his boss, Hautzinger, resigned from office to take a job with the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado.
Stephen RIchard Parsons: Rubinstein ran the first significant wiretap in Mesa County in 2006. There were 31 individuals arrested and successfully prosecuted. The local leader of the organization, Stephen Parsons, received a 24 year sentence. Rubinstein traveled to Colorado Springs and was sworn in as a special deputy district attorney to prosecute the supplier to Parsons. Thomas O'Hara was convicted at trial for his role, as well as being a habitual criminal and received 96 years in prison.
Lester Ralph Jones: In 2016, Rubinstein convicted Lester Jones of the first degree murder of Paige Birgfeld. The case received national media attention due to the double life of Ms. Birgfeld, one as a soccer mom and Pampered Chef saleswoman, and the other as an escort. The case went to trial in July of 2016, and the jury was hung after a seven week trial, and four days of deliberations. Rubinstein re-set the case for trial and in December of 2016 the jury convicted Jones of first degree murder. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
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