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Attorneys in Maketa trial have made national headlines before

Attorneys in Maketa trial have made...

For many people in southern Colorado the biggest name in the Terry Maketa case is certainly Terry Maketa himself. But Maketa's lawyer Pamela Mackey and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hurlbert are no strangers to high profile cases.

Mackey, was hired by El Paso County Commissioners in 2014 to represent Maketa who’s accused of alleged sexual and budget improprieties, discrimination and hostile work environment.

Mackey started her career as a public defender in Denver, but her big break came in 2003 when she faced off against an upstart D.A. in Mark Hurlbert while defending NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant.

Hurlbert eventually dropped charges against Bryant when the victim in the case declined to testify.

Mackey’s name was tied to another high-profile athlete in 2015, when disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong was involved in a hit and run case in aspen. Armstrong pleaded guilty to careless driving.

Following the Bryant case, Hurlbert served as the chief prosecuter in the 5th judicial district for 10 years.

During that time, he ran unsuccessfully for state senate and was involved in a high profile hit in run case of his own, when a Denver based wealth manager was accussed of driving his Mercedes into a bicyclist and fleeing the scene.

Hurlbert controversially dropped charges against the money manager when he learned charging him with a felony could affect the suspect’s credibility with his clients, and would impact his abilty to pay restitution to the victim.

In 2012, Hurlbert made the move to the 18th judicial district and made national headlines once more while prosecuting Aurora theater shooter James Holmes in 2015.

Now 14 years after facing off against each other in the Bryant case, the two attorneys square off again.

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