I am a Laramie County native thanks to my father’s great-great grandparents, John and Mary Ann Doyle, who came here before Wyoming was even a state. I married a Cheyenne boy and we have two amazing sons. My bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism is from the University of Wyoming. After college I worked for Wyoming’s U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson and Shell Development Corporation. I obtained my law degree from the University of Wyoming and started my legal career in 2000, working in the nonprofit sector for nine years. I then worked for Hon. Nancy Freudenthal and Gov. Dave Freudenthal before joining the district attorney’s office in the First Judicial District.
As a prosecutor my cases included misdemeanor and felony domestic violence, stalking and assault; felony drug cases and violent felonies, including: homicide, aggravated assault, sexual assault and crimes against children. I was also cross-designated with the federal prosecutor’s office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming, where I prosecuted high-traffic drug interdiction and child pornography cases. After prosecuting I did insurance defense before opening my own firm, MANLOVE Law Office.
I believe in God, family, the Constitution, and personal responsibility.
I believe in speaking truth, creating the job and life you love, finding your passion, loving what you do, standing up for others, not settling, being brave in life and work; and doing the right thing, especially when it’s hard.
What makes a good prosecutor:
solid judgment, careful conviction, integrity.
The job of a prosecutor is to exercise informed, solid judgment in every aspect of a case: initial analysis, charging, plea negotiations, follow-up investigation, trial preparation, trial, sentencing, post-conviction issues (probation revocation, appeal, retrial on remand).
With years of experience has come the benefit of learning from my mistakes, so my approach to charging criminal cases has evolved in a way that makes me more thoughtful about the anticipated defenses; my analysis of the investigation is to pay attention to every detail; I carefully consider the repercussions for the defendant when s/he is charged; and I do not believe that rushing through a case before charging is appropriate.
Convictions, through trial and plea negotiations, are the legacy of my years in the prosecutor’s office. A prosecutor should win a lot more trials than she loses, and that is true for my time in the district attorney’s office. I have won convictions in trials, including homicide cases: State v Robert Curran, a DUI vehicular homicide; State v Alice Uden, a 40-year old cold case; State v Ronald Zimmerman, a domestic violence case. Child sex abuse trials that I successfully prosecuted to guilty verdicts include: State v Gilbert Ortiz, and State v Michael Scott Carroll. Very few felony stalking charges result in a conviction at trial, but I successfully tried one to a guilty verdict in State v Trent Dean.
A district attorney should be a good steward of the people’s money and their trust. Through her work, a district attorney should help make the community a safer place as victims learn that they can trust the system to achieve justice and defendants learn that they will be held accountable for their conduct. Law enforcement agencies need to have a positive, collaborative relationship with the district attorney’s office and I have the full support of those entities. Judges need to be able to rely on the district attorney to hire, train, mentor and supervise competent and ethical assistant prosecutors, and I will do that.
About Leigh Anne
Wyoming State Bar
Laramie County Bar Association
American Inns of Court, Ewing T. Kerr chapter
Finance Council – St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Board of Directors – Safe Harbor, A Children’s Justice Center
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Women’s Civic League of Cheyenne
Best Damn Book Club
In 1881 Mary Ann and John Doyle came from Ohio to Wyoming. John Doyle was a conductor on the Union Pacific Railroad, Mary Ann ran a boarding house (presumably they came for John’s work on the RR). Their great-great grandson, Edward L. Grant, would become a Wyoming lawyer who would serve more than two decades as a Wyoming District Court Judge in Laramie County.
My dad, Ed Grant, is my campaign chairman. He’s a Laramie County native, Wyoming lawyer, retired district court judge, former prosecutor, long-time pillar of our community and the world’s best grandpa. His portrait hangs on the 3rd floor of the Laramie County Courthouse and the first time our youngest son saw it there, he was 6 years old. My colleague, Craig Jones, pointed to the portrait and said, “Hey, I know that fella.” Conor responded, with great excitement, “Me too. Me too! He’s my Papa!”