Betty James, f/k/a Betty Gentzkow and a retired nurse, noticed that Gerald Perryman, assigned as magistrate on her case, was biased and unfair during their dissolution of marriage proceedings. His orders were absurd, totally contrary to law, and his rulings resulted in complete destruction of her parental rights. From his actions, statements, and rulings she inferred that Gerald Perryman did not know the law.
Ms. James then reviewed the records at the Supreme Court Attorney Regulatory Agency, and discovered that Mr. Gerald Perryman was not licensed to practice law in Colorado and held his appointment as a magistrate illegally.
Mr. Perryman issued orders and rulings from a position that he did not have the legal qualifications for. As a result his rulings from a bench he could not legally occupy were unlawfully imposed on citizens to their immense harm and detriment.
Thus, under Colorado law, Gerald Perryman had no more right than any ordinary citizen to issue court orders. Therefore, every motion that Mr. Perryman had ruled on in the dissolution proceedings were invalid People v. Torkelson, November 24, 2000.
As district judges are the first level of appeal from rulings and orders by magistrates and county judges, Ms. James appealed to District Judge Sandstead for relief from the unlawful and destructive rulings of Mr. Perryman.
Ms. James then appealed to the next higher court. Judges James S. Casebolt, JoAnn L. Vogt and John D. Dailey not only upheld the illegal orders entered by an unlicensed layman, they sanctioned Ms. James for "frivolous argument." Judge James Casebolt further forbade Ms. James from entering court as a pro se litigant.
A complaint to the Judicial Discipline ommission and the Unauthorized Practice of Law committee resulted in a reply from one John S. Gleason to the effect that: "...officials in Boulder County District Court chose to hire Mr. Perryman despite knowing that he was not a licensed attorney."
"...a prosecution of Jerry Perryman could not be successful because he had been hired as a magistrate by the Chief Judge of our district with full knowledge that Perryman was not licensed by the State of Colorado."
As inured as we at the Equal Justice Foundation have become to judicial corruption, we find it incredible that Judge James Casebolt and his colleagues could sanction a citizen for the clearly unlawful actions of the judiciary.