It took a six-person jury "less than 30 seconds" to determine former Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Jeffrey Campos was not guilty of assaulting his then-mistress Friday following a four-day trial.
But jurors decided to have lunch and "talk it out" before delivering a verdict just 20 minutes after they were handed the case — less time than it took Denver County Judge Doris Burd to give them instructions on deliberating.
"This case never should have been prosecuted," defense lawyer Gary Lozow said later. "It was a blatant misuse of the resources of the criminal justice system. Four days and the jury deliberates 20 minutes without even finishing their lunch."
Campos was "exhausted and simply wants to be with his family," Lozow said. "When you've done nothing wrong criminally and you're falsely accused, the victory is a bit hollow."
Campos was accused of grabbing and choking Reins during a five-hour argument that she said occurred in his car as he raced it through Lower Downtown streets. Reins said she was only trying to find out why Campos was ending their affair when she said he had promised to leave his wife of 26 years for her.
Campos said Reins was the aggressor, upset he was ending the relationship and flailing at him during a three-hour argument in which he frequently stopped his car to get her to leave.
Campos admitted he was terrified his indiscretions would be exposed to his wife and to his employer, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver.
The one-time recipient of a father-of-the-year award said he knew early on that the affair was "a bad idea" yet continued with it because "I couldn't resist."
The two shared a suburban apartment that Campos paid for and had traveled together to Chamber-sponsored events. Campos said he paid for Reins' trips with his personal funds.
In court, Lozow freely admitted his client was guilty of adultery — and Campos said as much during his own testimony that his wife, Vicky Campos, sat and watched.
But the assault was his effort at fending off a demonstrably upset Reins, whom prior boyfriends testified had a history of violent behavior.