Eighth Judicial District — Larimer and Jackson Counties

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Larimer County Justice Center

201 La Porte Avenue, Suite 100

Fort Collins, Colorado 80521-2761

Larimer County (Loveland)

810 East 10th Street, Suite 110

Loveland, Colorado 80537-4942

Jackson County Courthouse

P.O. Box 308

396 Lafever Street

Walden, Colorado 80480

In 2012 the Equal Justice Foundation began a rating system of justices standing for retention based on the votes of attorneys who submit responses to surveys sent to them by the Judicial Performance Review Commission. The idea was first put forward by the Rocky Mountain News in an October 13, 2002, editorial. Whether a "Retain" or "Do Not Retain" is recommended is based on the criteria:

Retain: More than 85% of attorneys voted to retain;

Marginal: only 80-85% of attorneys voted to retain. In 2014 review this was changed to 75-85% of attorneys voted to retain;

Do Not Retain: Less than 80% of attorneys voted to retain. In 2014 review this was changed to <75% of attorneys voted to retain.


 
    Table 22: Eighth Judicial District Judges and Magistrates

Name of Judge

Telephone

Case Links

Comments

 

District Judges — All in Larimer County

Jolene C. Blair

 

Her actions cost the taxpayers $10 million.

 

Voted off bench in 2010 and good riddance.

 

Appointed district court judge in August 2001.

Stood for retention in 2004. Not rated.

Stood for retention in 2010. 88% Retain

However, voters were fed up and she was voted out!

Blair was publicly censured by the CO Supreme Court regulatory office on September 9, 2008.

As a prosecutor Blair withheld evidence in a murder trial that was favorable to the defense. As a result Tim Masters was convicted in 1999 of the murder of Peggy Hetrick and was not released until mid-2008. DNA evidence confirmed Masters innocence. Blair had social ties with another suspect in the case. Denver Post August 31, 2008, p. 1A and 12A. Larimer County paid $4.1 million to settle the wrongful imprisonment lawsuit (Denver Post, February 13, 2010). In addition Fort Collins was forced to pay Masters $5.9 million to settle the lawsuit against the city (Denver Post, June 9, 2010).

Michelle Brinegar

Courtroom 4A

(970) 494-3700

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in December 2010. No previous judicial experience. Was the chief deputy district attorney prior to stepping up to the bench.

Did not stand for retention in 2014.

Julie Kunce Field

Courtroom 3B

(970 494-3610

 

Appointed by Gov. Ritter in December 2010 to replace Jolene Blair. No previous judicial experience.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Only 79% of attorneys voted to Retain and 10% voted Do Not Retain.

Thomas R. French

Courtroom 5C

(970) 494-3820

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. HIcklenlooper in 2011.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

87% of attorneys voted to Retain and only 4% voted Do Not Retain

Terence A. Gilmore

 

His actions cost the taxpayers $10 million.

 

Voted off bench in 2010 and good riddance.

 

Appointed district court judge November 2000.

Stood for retention in 2004. 90% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 85% Retain.

However, voters were fed up and he was voted out!

Gilmore was publicly censured by the CO Supreme Court regulatory office on September 9, 2008.

As a prosecutor Gilmore withheld evidence in a murder trial that was favorable to the defense. As a result Tim Masters was convicted in 1999 of the murder of Peggy Hetrick and was not released until mid-2008. DNA evidence confirmed Masters innocence. Gilmore had social ties with another suspect in the case. Denver Post August 31, 2008, p. 1 and 12A. Larimer County paid $4.1 million to settle the wrongful imprisonment lawsuit (Denver Post, February 13, 2010). In addition Fort Collins was forced to pay Masters $5.9 million to settle the lawsuit against the city (Denver Post, June 9, 2010).

James H. Hiatt

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

Stephen E. Howard

Courtroom 5C

(970) 494-3820

 

Appointed by Gov. Ritter in December 2010 to replace Terence Gilmore. No previous judicial experience.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

80% of attorneys voted to Retain but 11% voted Do Not Retain.

Daniel J. Kaup

Courtroom 4C

(970) 494-3720

 

Appointed district court judge November 2001.

Stood for retention in 2004. Not rated. Commission split 6-4 on whether to retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 90% Retain.

Gregory M. Lammons

Courtroom 5B

(970) 494-3810

 

Appointed district judge July 2008.

Stood for retention in 2010. 100% Retain.

Devin R. Odell

Courtroom 5A

(970) 494-3800

 

Appointed district court judge July 2009.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain

86% of attorneys voted to Retain while 14% voted Do Not Retain

Stephen J. Schapanski

Chief judge

Courtroom 3A

(970) 494-3600

 

Appointed district court judge in 2007.

Stood for retention in 2010. 100% Retain.

Dave Williams

 

Retired in December 2013.

 

Appointed district court judge in August 2003.

Stood for retention in 2006. 96% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain

95% of attorneys voted to Retain. Only 5% voted Do Not Retain

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County Judges

Mary Joan Berenato

Division 5D

(970) 494-3830

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in June 2013. Formerly a magistrate.

Christine A. Carney

Larimer County

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

 

Appointed county court judge in July 1998.

Stood for retention in 2000. 91% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. Not rated.

Stood for retention in 2008. 98% Retain

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: 98% Retain

Kraig S. Ecton

Division 3D

(970) 494-3630

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in January 2014. Previously deputy DA in Fort Collins.

Cynthia M. Hartman

Larimer County-Loveland

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

joshua B. Lehman

Larimer County

Division 3D

(970) 494-3630

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in April 2014. Previously deputy district attorney in Fort Collins.

Thomas L. Lynch

Larimer County

Courtroom L2

(970) 622-2120

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in December 2010. Previously he was a deputy DA in 8 th Judicial District.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

92% of attorneys voted to Retain while only 4% voted Do Not Retain.

Robert A. Rand

 

Was placed on paid administrative leave from July 1, 2013, for unexplained reasons.

 

For the first time in its history the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline found a judge guilty and the state Supreme Court issued a public reprimand in February 2014, after which Robert Rand resigned.

 

Resigned after being publicly reprimanded by the Colorado Supreme Count in February 2014. According to an article in the Denver Post Judge Rand was apparently politically incorrect and his conduct was "inappropriate."

 

Appointed county court judge September 2009.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: 87% Retain

Until May 2013 Rand was county court judge in Loveland. But he was then abruptly transferred to the Larimer County Justice Center in Fort Collins. Judge Rand was placed on paid leave on July 1, 2013, for unexplained reasons and remained on leave from his $123,000/year position from January 2013. until February 2014. See article in the Coloradoan.

Peter E. Schoon, Jr.

Larimer County

Courtroom L1

(970) 622-2110

 

Appointed county court judge September 2002.

Stood for retention in 2006. 93% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 84+% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

His performance is deteriorating and only 79% of attorneys voted to Retain in this review, while 12% voted Do Not Retain.

Ronald L. Schultz

Larimer County

 

No longer on the bench as of September 2014.

 

Appointed county court judge in 1974.

Formerly deputy district attorney.

Stood for retention in 2000. Only a pathetic 64% of attorneys voted to retain.

Not recommended for retention.

Stood for retention in 2004. Not rated.

Stood for retention in 2008.

Only 77% of attorneys voted to Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only 56% of attorneys voted to Retain, the lowest rating for any attorney in the state. After 16 years on the bench Judge Schultz's lacked knowledge of some areas of law, rules of evidence, case management, and procedure.

Rex A. Shaw

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

C. Edward Stirman (Atty)

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

Cindy L. Wilson

Jackson County

(970) 723-4363

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in December 2010. No previous judicial experience and does not hold a law degree.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

While 80% of attorneys voted to Retain a full 20% voted Do Not Retain.

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Magistrates — All in Larimer County Justice Center

Mary Joan Berenato

Larimer County

 

Promoted to county court judge in June 2013.

Linda K. Connors

Larimer County

(970) 494-3540

Courtroom 1B

 

 

Jeffrey S. English

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

Cynthia Hartman

 

Promoted to Larimer County judge

John A Jostad

Larimer County

(970) 494-3710

Courtroom 4B

 

 

Carolyn Pannell

Larimer County

(970) 494-3560

Courtroom 2A

 

 

Janet L. Rodriquez

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007

Stephen J. Schapanski

 

Promoted to District Judge, Fort Collins

Allen Schwartz

Larimer County

(970) 494-3514

Small Claims

 

 

Kent Spangler

Larimer County

(970) 494-3514

Courtroom 2B

 

 

Susan J. Winfield

 

 

Retired October 2011.

Matthew R. Zehe

Larimer County

(970) 494-3550

Courtroom 1A

 

 

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