Seventeenth Judicial District — Adams and Broomfield Counties

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Adams County Justice Center

1100 Judicial Center Drive

Brighton, Colorado 80601

Telephone: (303) 659-1161 — Main number

Facsimile: (303) 654-3216 (District judges)

Broomfield County Court

17 Des Combes Drive

Broomfield, Colorado 80020

Telephone: (720) 887-2100

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 32: Seventeenth Judicial District Judges and Magistrates

Name of Judge

Telephone

Case Links

Comments

 

District Judges — All in Adams County Justice Center except Popovich

Emily Elizabeth Anderson

Division W

(303) 654-3546

 

Promoted from magistrate by Gov. Hickenlooper in January 2014.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

94% of attorneys voted to Retain and just 6% voted Do Not Retain.

Harlan R. Bockman

 

No longer on bench as of July 2009. Back to private practice.

 

Appointed district court judge October 1976.

Stood for retention in 2002. 84+% Retain.

07CV650

In the case of James Disher Judge Bockman held that sex is a necessary element of establishing that a relationship is intimate under domestic violence statute . Prosecution appealed and CO Supreme Court granted certiorari on April 21, 2008.

 

Using public funds CCADV and COVA filed amicus curiae briefs to ensure any man who knows a woman even casually can be convicted of domestic violence.

07SC1088

On February 16, 2010, the Colorado Supreme Court reversed the district court and held that evidence of a sexual relationship is not necessary to establish the existence of an intimate relationship.

Jaclyn Casey Brown

Division B Adams County

(303) 654-3249

 

Appointed district court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper July 1, 2016. Previously in private practice.

John T. Bryan

 

Did not stand for retention in 2010, term expired January 2011.

C. Scott Crabtree

Division: C

 

Stepped down from bench June 1, 2016.

 

Appointed to bench in July 2001.

Stood for retention in 2004. 89% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 87% Retain.

Katherine R. Delgado

Division: E

Broomfield

(303) 654-3270

 

Appointed to bench in July 2002.

Stood for retention in 2004. 92% Retain

Stood for retention in 2010. 89% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

In this review 100% of attorneys voted to Retain.

 

 

Attorney Peter C. Lomtevas filed formal complaint against Delgado on October 25, 2008, noting, among other problems, that the judge testified from the bench and allowed unsworn testimony. Further, she advocated for one of the parties; and offered psychological analysis from the bench.

Thomas R. Ensor

Division: F

 

Consistently rated very weak by attorneys.

(303) 654-3240

 

Appointed in 1984.

Stood for retention in 1998.

Stood for retention in 2004. Only 75% of attorneys recommended he be retained.

Stood for retention in 2010. Only 75% of attorneys recommended he be retained.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

No improvement. Only 70% of attorneys voted to Retain, 16% Do Not Retain.

F. Michael Goodbee

Division: C

(303) 654-3260

 

Appointed July 2008.

Stood for retention in 2010. 94% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

100% of attorneys voted to Retain in this review.

Donald W. Marshall, Jr.

 

No longer on bench as of July 2009

Robert W. Kiesnowski, Jr., Division G

(303) 654-3250

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Ritter in January 2011. No prior judicial experience.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

84% of attorneys voted to retain and 8% voted Do Not Retain.

Chris Melonakis

Broomfield

Division B

 

Retired in September 2014.

 

Appointed to bench in 1998.

Stood for retention in 2000. 90% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 92% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain.91%

Edward C. Moss

Division: B

Broomfield

(720) 887-2135

 

Appointed by Gov. Bill Owens in June 2004.

Stood for retention in 2006. 92% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

83% of attorneys voted to Retain while 17% voted Do Not Retain.

Patrick T. Murphy

Chief Judge

Division T

(303) 654-3550

 

Appointed district court judge in 2008 and became chief judge in 2014.

Stood for retention in 2010.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

71% Retain, 29% Do Not Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

85% of attorneys voted to Retain and 8% voted Do Not Retain.

C. Vincent Phelps

former chief judge

 

Retired in January 2014.

 

Appointed to bench in February 1996.

Stood for retention in 1998. Not rated.

Stood for retention in 2004. 93% Retain

Stood for retention in 2010. 94% Retain.

John E. Popovich, Jr.

Division: D

(303) 654-3280

 

Appointed in 1986.

Stood for retention in 2002. 89% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 88% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

100% of attorneys voted to Retain with no dissenting votes.

Don Quick

Division K

(303) 654-3257

 

Appointed to bench in December 2014 by Gov. Hickenlooper after losing race for state attorney general. Served as 17 th Judicial District Attorney from 2005 through 2013.

Jill-Elyn Straus

Division: S

 

One of only two judges not recommended for retention in 2016 by the judicial review commission.

(303) 654-3259

 

Appointed to bench in April 2008.

Stood for retention in 2010. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only a pitiful 41% of attorneys voted to Retain while a full 50% voted Do Not Retain. Commission found problems with her demeanor, fairness, and communications.

Ted C. Tow III

Division A

Adams County

(303) 654-3290

 

Appointed district judge in the fall of 2010.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

While 90% of attorneys voted to Retain only 57% of non-attorneys voted the same, an astonishingly low rating by the public.

John J. Vigil

 

Retired in spring of 2004.

Mark D. Warner

Division: A Broomfield

(720) 887-2140

 

Appointed September 19, 2005

Stood for retention in 2008. 89% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

87% of attorneys voted to Retain but not one voted Do Not Retain.

Francis C. Wasserman

Division: L

(303) 654-3259

 

Appointed June 7, 2005.

Stood for retention in 2008. 93% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

His performance has greatly declined. Only 65% of attorneys voted to Retain while fully 30% voted Do Not Retain during this review.

Craig Welling

Division Q

(303) 654-3514

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Ritter in late 2010 and he stepped up to the bench in 2011.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

93% of attorneys voted to Retain and only 4% voted Do Not Retain

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County Judges

Amy E. Bockman

Broomfield County

Division 1

(720) 887-2139

 

Appointed in 2006 by Gov. Owens.

Previously magistrate in 2 nd Judicial District.

Replaced Randall J. Davis.

Stood for retention in 2010. Only 78% of attorneys voted Retain, 22% Do Not Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

This time only 65% of attorneys voted to Retain while 18% voted Do Not Retain. She is not improving.

Brian N. Bowen

Adams County

Division 2

(303) 654-3340

 

Promoted from magistrate to county court judge in 2011.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

A pitiful 65% of attorneys voted to Retain while 15% voted Do Not Retain. Surprising given his years of experience as a magistrate.

Cindy H. Bruner (Atty)

Adams County

 

Retired in July 2009

 

Appointed county court judge in April 1991.

Stood for retention in 2002. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 91% Retain.

Michael A. Cox (Atty)

Adams County

Division: 3

(303) 654-3350

 

Appointed to bench in January 1995.

Stood for retention in 1998.

Stood for retention in 2002. 80% Retain.

Given very poor rating in Oct. 13, 2002 Rocky Mountain News article.

Stood for retention in 2006. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 94% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

93% of attorneys voted to Retain and 6% voted Do Not Retain.

Cindy Hoang-Ha Thi Dang

(303) 654-3320

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in June 2013. Previously GAL, CFI, and deputy DA in Colorado Springs.

Magistrate in Division K from 2013 to 2016.

Randall J. Davis (Atty)

Broomfield County

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

Robert S. Doyle

Adams County

Division: 5

(303) 654-3320

 

Promoted to county court judge in June 2004. Formerly a magistrate.

Stood for retention in 2006. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010.

Only 73% Retain, 27% Do Not Retain

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Some improvement with 83% of attorneys voting to Retain and just 12% voting Do Not Retain.

Byron Lynn Howell

Adams County

Division: 7

(303) 654-3530

 

Appointed to bench July 2008

Stood for retention in 2010.

Only a pathetic 71% of attorneys voted to retain, 29% voted Do Not Retain

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

His pathetic performance has gotten worse. On 58% of attorneys voted to Retain while 25% voted Do Not Retain.

Leroy Kirby

Adams County

Division: 8

(303) 654-3535

 

Appointed county court judge July 2009.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain 99%

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

This time just 86% of attorneys voted to Retain and 10% voted Do Not Retain.

Dianna R. Marquez

Adams County

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007

Emil A. Rinaldi

Adams County

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007. Given very poor rating in Oct. 13, 2002 Rocky Mountain News article.

Sabino E. Romano

Adams County

Division: 1

(303) 654-3330

 

Magistrate in Arapahoe County 1983-1986.

Appointed Adams County Judge in 1986.

Stood for retention in 1998.

Stood for retention in 2002. 93% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 92% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 99% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

97% of attorneys voted to Retain and not one voted Do Not Retain.

Jeffrey L. Romeo

Adams County

Division: 6

(303) 654-3380

Did not stand for retention in 2016. Will retire January 1, 2017.

 

Appointed to bench in 1990.

Stood for retention in 2000. Not rated.

Stood for retention in 2004. 92% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 85% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain 88% Retain

Diana R Roybal

Adams County

Division: 4

 

Why is this woman still on the bench?

Attorneys clearly think she is getting worse rather than better over time.

(303) 654-3360

 

Appointed to bench December 2002.

Stood for retention in 2006. 80% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010.

In 2010 only 54% of attorneys voted to retain, 48% of attorneys voted Do Not Retain. That was the worst attorney rating the EJF was aware of.

 

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Somehow she managed to do even worse than in 2010 with only 44% of attorneys voting to Retain while 40% voted Do Not Retain.

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Magistrates — All located in Adams County Justice Center except Mole

Emily E. Anderson

 

Promoted to district judge in January 2014.

Gregory P. Beacom

Division: K1

(303) 654-3284

 

 

Jonathan Bley

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

David Blackett

Division R

(303) 654-3370

 

 

Brian N. Bowen

 

Promoted to county court judge in 2011.

John T. Bryan

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

Janis E. Chapman

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007

Laurie Clark

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

Cindy Hoang-Ha Thi Dang

Division K1

 

 

Promoted to county court judge in June 2016.

Robert S. Doyle

District

 

Promoted to county court judge in June 2004.

Stephen R. Fatzinger

Division S1

(303) 654-3291

 

 

Melanie A Gilbert

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

Sharon Holbrook

Division D2

(303) 654-3513

 

 

Simon Mole

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

Andre A. Rudolph

 

Became a county judge in 2 nd Judicial District in September 2004.

Frances Simonet

Division D1

(303) 654-3287

 

 

Peter Stapp

Division: B1

(303) 654-3255

 

 

Merna A. Thane

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007

Bradley Varmo

Division N

(303) 654-3244

 

 

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