DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that he has appointed Michael T. Dougherty as the newest Deputy Attorney General to oversee the office’s Criminal Justice Section. Dougherty replaces Tom Raynes, who has been appointed to Executive Director of the Colorado District Attorney’s Council.
“Dougherty is a proven leader and will make an excellent addition to my office’s leadership team,” Suthers said. “The leadership of the office’s Criminal Justice Section is critical to managing and properly prosecuting the complex cases we handle. I am confident he will ethically and competently head this critical component of the Office of the Attorney General.”
The Criminal Justice Section of the Office of the Attorney General oversees the agency’s prosecutions of Medicaid fraud, insurance fraud, securities fraud and the other benefit frauds. The section also houses the office’s Homicide Assistance Unit, which helps local prosecutors try complex cases; the Foreign Prosecution Unit, which investigates and tries cases under Article IV of the Mexican Penal Code; and the Special Prosecutions Unit, which prosecutes multi-jurisdictional cases, organized crime cases, environmental crimes and cases the Office of the Attorney General has been appointed to prosecute as a special prosecutor. The section also includes the Criminal Appeals Division and the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.
Dougherty currently serves as the senior assistant attorney general in charge of the office’s DNA-based exoneration program. The Office of the Attorney General and the Denver District Attorney’s Office secured the federal grant funding to review criminal convictions in murder, manslaughter and sexual assault cases to identify where post-conviction DNA analysis could possibly exonerate an inmate.
Prior to overseeing this $1.2 million grant project, Dougherty served as a top assistant within the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office from February 2007 through February 2010, overseeing the management of roughly 1,300 employees. He started his service with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in 1997 and, beginning in February 2006, served as the Chief Deputy supervising the office’s sex crimes unit.
Dougherty is a 1997 graduate of the Boston University School of Law and a 1993graduate of Cornell University.