Lawyer plans post-mortem court appeal
The death of a Grand Junction woman who was convicted on charges related to running a prostitution business will not stop her attorney from pursuing an appeal in the case.
“We’ve already done all the work and filed our brief,” said Stephen Laiche, the Grand Junction attorney who represented 61-year-old Nan O’Reilly, who was discovered dead March 15 in a Las Vegas hotel room.
“Even if we lose, what are they going to go after?” Laiche asked.
Laiche claims O’Reilly had no remaining, substantial assets to be seized by court officials. The Colorado Court of Appeals is reviewing a sentence handed down in April 2010 by District Judge Valerie Robison.
O’Reilly was sentenced to six years of probation and fined $89,050 after pleading guilty to pimping and filing a false tax return, stemming from prostitution activities at the former Fuji Oriental Massage, 762 Horizon Drive.
In her appeal, O’Reilly argued the fine was excessive and a violation of her constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.
Colorado Attorney General spokesman Mike Saccone said the agency’s appellate division is prepared to litigate the issue if it moves forward in the Court of Appeals.
Las Vegas authorities said foul play is not suspected in O’Reilly’s death. The Clark County Coroner’s Office said it awaits the results of toxicology tests before issuing a final ruling on cause and manner of death.
Federal authorities on April 14 are scheduled to sell at auction O’Reilly’s former building at 762 Horizon Drive and her condominium at 3154 Lakeside Drive, Unit 206.