First Judicial District — Gilpin and Jefferson Counties

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Gilpin County Court

2960 Dory Hill Road, Suite 200

Golden, Colorado 80403-8780

Jefferson County and District Court (known as the Taj Mahal)

100 Jefferson County Parkway

Golden, CO 80401

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 16: First Judicial District Judges and Magistrates

Name of Judge

Telephone

Case Links

Comments

 

District Judges — All are located in the Taj Mahal

Leland Anderson

 

Did not stand for retention in November 2006.

He won't be missed.

 

Appointed district judge in 1997.

Stood for retention 2000. Only 69% Retain.

94 CV 1928

Denied remedy employed to bring evidence of fraud in challenged title conveyance.

Refused to apply Rule 60 to accept newly acquired evidence of fraud even though the case was on-going.

98 CR 3094

Affirmed judicial abuse against a child.

Randall Arp

Division 9

(720) 772-2639

 

Appointed district judge in July 2006.

Stood for retention in 2008. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Only 79% of attorneys voted to Retain, 12% voted Do Not Retain, and 19% didn't bother to vote.

Chris Bachmeyer

AKA Christie B. Phillips

Division 2

(720) 772-2611

 

Appointed district court judge in 2009.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain 90%

Kenneth Barnhill

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

96 CR 91

Accused a juror of contempt because she would not agree to convict.

Jack W. Berryhill

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

 

Appointed district judge in January 2000.

Stood for retention in 2002. 80% Retain.

Stood for retention 2008. Only 76% Retain.

Brian Boatright

 

Promoted to Colorado Supreme Court by Gov. Hickenlooper in October 2011.

 

Stood for retention in 2002. 94% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 95% Retain.

Margie Enquist

Division: 8

(720) 772-2635

 

Appointed district court judge October 2004.

Stood for retention in 2008. 92% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Only 76% of attorneys voted to Retain, 14% voted Do Not Retain, and 10% didn't vote.

Dennis J. Hall

Division: G

Gilpin County

(303) 582-5522

 

Appointed district judge in 2007. Replaced Peter Weir. Formerly Deputy District Attorney.

Stood for retention 2010. Only 74% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only 61% of attorneys voted to Retain this time. Number voting Do Not Retain not given but review commission deeply troubled by his judicial demeanor.

Diego G. Hunt

Division 14

(720) 772-2655

 

Appointed district judge in April 2016 by Gov. Hickenlooper. Formerly in private practice.

R. Brooke Jackson

 

Appointed to federal judgeship in Tenth Circuit in July 2010.

 

Appointed district judge in 1998.

Stood for retention in 2000. 90% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 83% Retain.

99 CV 225

Denied jury trial on morning of trial even though the fee was paid and all pre-trial preparations were timely submitted by pro se litigant whose car had been repossessed by lender without prior notice.

 

Judge Jackson then ruled in favor of the lender who had no evidence to support their action.

Phillip J. McNulty

Chief Judge

Division: 12

(720) 772-2651

 

Appointed district judge in 2008.

Stood for retention in 2010. 90% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain.

92% of attorneys voted to Retain and only 5% voted Do Not Retain.

Ann Gail Meinster

Division 10

(720) 271-6434

 

Appointed district court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in October 2011.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

80% of attorneys voted to Retain, 10% voted Do Not Retain.

M.J. Menendez

 

Resigned in July 2009 to return to being an assistant U.S. Attorney.

 

Appointed by Bill Owens in September 2006. Formerly assistant U.S. attorney and prosecutor in 1 st Judicial District.

Christopher J. Munch

Division: 7

 

Retired June 1, 2016. Good riddance. Replaced by Diego Hunt.

 

Appointed district judge in March 1986.

Stood for retention in 2000. 83% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 92% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: 93% Retain

95 CV 1129

Terminated foreclosure procedure to cover up illegal acts that unlawfully converted a mortgage contract to the purchaser of a lien.

Homeowner's right to redeem under Colorado law was voided and life savings stolen by "court order."

97 DR 1971

Obstruction of justice in a divorce. Held that division of marital property could be made before complete disclosure of such property.

Stephen M. Munsinger

 

Stalin noted "... it is completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how."

 

Judge Munsinger sides with Stalin!

 

Retired November 2014 and the state is better off without him. Formerly chief judge.

 

Appointed district judge in July 2001.

Stood for retention in 2004. 89% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 91% Retain.

Observed giving credence to relative of his appearing before him as attorney but who had not entered an appearance. Showed favoritism toward relative in his rulings.

2014CV31089

Egregiously ignored Constitutional right, Article VII, Section 8, of citizens to a secret ballot

In Colorado Union of Taxpayers, et al. vs. West Metro Fire Protection District, et al. Munsinger ruled for the defendant despite clear and voluminous evidence that voted ballots were viewed simultaneously with voter identifying information, that simultaneous visibility of votes and voter information was systemic, that voted ballots were systemically marked with voter identifying data, that lack of ballot secrecy was publicly known, and refused to void the election as required by law.

Henry Nieto

 

Promoted to Court of Appeals in November 1999.

Ineffective there and stepped down in March 2005.

96 CR 91

In a Kafkaesque scenario a citizen was charged with felony perjury for what she didn't say in response to questions that were never asked in voir dire during jury selection.

Lily W. Oeffler

Division 1

(720) 772-2615

 

Appointed district judge November 2005.

Stood for retention 2008. Only 75% Retain.

Perceived prosecution bias.

Stood for retention in 2014. 88% Retain

EJF recommendation: Retain

Columbine kin rip judicial pick

Appointed despite disgraceful behavior in Columbine investigation.

Frank Plaut

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007

 

Appointed district judge in 1996.

Stood for retention 2000. Only 68% Retain.

Gaspar Perricone

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

94CV1928

Illegally evicted a family and their three children into the night in January 1995 after refusing them a jury trial.

Christie B. Phillips

AKA Chris Bachmeyer

Division 2

(720) 772-2611

 

Appointed district court judge in 2009.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain 90%

Jeffrey R. Pilkington

Division 3

(720) 772-2615

 

Appointed district court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in July 2013. Formerly in private practice.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only 62% of attorneys voted to Retain. Number voting Do Not Retain was not given.

Ruthanne N. Polidori

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007

97CV 1364

Abused a child's right to a defense.

99 CV 327

Violated Rule 38 and refused a jury trial — controlled the outcome of the case to suppress proven and admitted fraud.

Tamara S. Russell

Division: 4

(720) 772-2619

 

Replaced Zimmerman September 2, 2005

Stood for retention in 2008. 91% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain 87%

Jane A. Tidball

 

Reported to be an angry feminist by KnowYourCourts.

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

 

Promoted from magistrate in 20 th Judicial District to district judge in August 1998.

Stood for retention in 2002. 88% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 97% Retain.

She was frequently reversed on appeal.

Laura A. Tighe

Division 7

(720) 772-2631

 

Gov. Hickenlooper appointed her to district judge in November 2014. She was previously in private practice.

Todd L. Vriesman

Division 14

(720) 772-2647

 

Appointed district court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in May 2014. Previously in private practice.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only 51% of attorneys voted to Retain. Percent voting Do Not Retain not given but attorney support was very weak.

Peter Weir

 

No longer on bench as of July 2009

 

Appointed district judge in 2004.

Stood for retention in 2006. 82% Retain.

Biased toward prosecution.

Lisle Thomas Woodford

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007

 

Stood for retention in 2000. 93% Retain.

Reports were that this judge was polite, fair and faithful to the law.

Christopher Zenisek

Division 6

(720) 772-2627

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in December 2011.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

84% of attorneys voted to Retain, just 4% voted Do Not Retain, 12% didn't vote.

James D. Zimmerman

 

Retired in September 2005 after 29 years as district judge.

 

Stood for retention in 2002. 83% Retain.

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County Judges

Judy Lynn Archuleta

Jefferson County

 

She was one of the worst judges in Colorado.

 

Voted off the bench in January 2009.

 

Appointed county court judge in 2000.

Stood for retention 2004. A pathetic 35% of attorneys recommended retention.

Not recommended for retention in the strongest terms in 2008. Only 44% of attorneys voted for retention. Citizens voted not to retain her in November 2008 election 124,856 No to 101,012 for retention.

Bradley Allen Burback

Division: C

(720) 772-2440

 

Appointed county court judge in 2008.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Marginal.

81% of attorneys voted to Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

80% of attorneys voted to Retain and 9% voted Do Not Retain.

Verna L. Carpenter

Division: E

(720) 772-2460

 

Appointed county court judge in 2008. Prior to that she was chief deputy DA in Denver.

Stood for retention in 2012

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only 61% Retain, 39% Do Not Retain

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Just 70% of attorneys voted to Retain. Votes for Do Not Retain not given.

James C. Demlow

 

No longer on bench as of July 2009

 

Appointed county court judge in 1982.

Stood for retention in 2000. 92% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 100% Retain.

John A. Devita II

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

 

Appointed county court judge in 2006.

Formerly a poor magistrate

Stood for retention in 2008. Pathetically only 58% of attorneys recommended he be retained.

In early 2005 DeVita was officially reprimanded for rude behavior to a pro se litigant while he was a magistrate.

Susan Lori Fisch

Division: B

(720) 772-2449

 

Appointed county court judge in 2008.

Stood for retention in 2010. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

For comparison only 85% of attorneys voted to retain in 2014.

David Gloss

Gilpin County

 

Resigned effective January 2015.

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Ritter in January 2011.

Kim H. Goldberger

 

Retired in mid-2004. On bench since 1975 without advancement.

 

Stood for retention in 1998.

Stood for retention in 2002. 82% Retain.

Tammy Kay Greene

Division: H

(720) 772-2449

 

Appointed county court judge in 2008.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

78% Retain, 22% Do Not Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

80% of attorneys voted to Retain and this time only 5% voted Do Not Retain.

Charles T. Hoppin

Jefferson County

 

Retired in January 2011. He isn't missed.

 

Appointed county court judge in May 1996.

Stood for retention in 1998

Stood for retention in 2002. 93% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 95% Retain.

97 M 1087

Denied a child justice and tried her in an adult court without authority or representation.

03C10897

Imposed a restraining order sua sponte and in violation of court rules on a man simply and specifically because he had been in the Marine Corps.

K.J. Moore

Division: F

(720) 772-2470

 

Appointed county court judge in 2008.

Formerly a magistrate.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain

98% Retain (probably in error)

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only 68% of attorneys voted to Retain and 14% voted Do Not Retain. Commission imposed condition that she be placed on performance improvement plan that holds her accountable for increasing pattern of absences, poor time and docket management, and deficient staff supervision.

Tina Olsen

Jefferson County

 

No longer on bench as of July 2009

 

Appointed county court judge Sept. 1997.

Formerly a magistrate for over 10 years.

Stood for retention 2000. Only 68% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 82% Retain.

Roy G. Olson, Jr.

Jefferson County

 

No longer on bench as of July 2009

 

Appointed county court judge in April 1990.

Stood for retention in 2000. 88% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 95% Retain.

Mark Randall

Division G

(720) 772-2480

 

Appointed county court judge in January 2011 by Gov. Hickenlooper.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only 70% of attorneys voted to Retain and most thought he was biased towards the prosecution.

Frederic B. Rodgers

Gilpin County

 

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

 

 

 

Did not stand for retention in 2010 and no longer on bench.

 

Appointed county court judge in Oct. 1986.

Stood for retention in 1998.

Stood for retention in 2002. Only a pathetic 61% of attorneys voted for retention.

Stood for retention in 2006. 83% Retain.

96 CR 91

Wrote an article for the Summer 1996 issue of the Judge's Journal explaining how to prosecute 'obstructionist' jurors.

Ryan J. Stuart

Division A

(720) 271-6210

 

Promoted from magistrate to county court judge in August 2012.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

79% of attorneys voted to Retain, 12% voted Do Not Retain, and 9% didn't bother.

David Taylor

Gilpin County

(303) 582-5522

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper as stood up to bench in January 2015. Replaced David Gloss.

Thomas Vance

Jefferson County

Division: D

 

Reports are that as a magistrate he was fair and impartial.

(720) 772-2450

 

Appointed by Gov. Bill Owens in July 2004. Former Jefferson County magistrate.

Stood for retention in 2006. 95% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 98% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

89% of attorneys voted to Retain and just 7% voted Do Not Retain

Jean Woodford

Division J

(720) 772-2490

 

Appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper in August 2012. No prior judicial experience.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only 71% of attorneys voted to Retain, 18% voted Do Not Retain, and 11% of those polled didn't vote. Biased towards prosecution.

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Magistrates

Jamin Alabiso

Jefferson County

Division L & Y

(720) 772-2446

 

 

James Anderson

 

No longer on bench

Bradley Burback

District

 

 

Promoted to County judge

Jason Carrithers

Jefferson County

Division Q

(720) 772-2697

 

 

Cecilia J. Curtis

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

John A Devita

 

Despite his dismal record as a magistrate he was promoted to Jefferson County judge where he didn't last.

 

In early 2005 DeVita was officially reprimanded for rude behavior to a pro se litigant. Afterward he was promoted to county judge.

Jeffrey English

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

 

On March 11, 2005, an EJF member found him fair and courteous in dealing with child support issues.

Kolony Fields

Jefferson County

Division S

(720) 772-2705

 

 

Andrew Fitzgerald

Jefferson County

Division O

(720) 772-2697

 

 

Judith Goeke

Jefferson County

Division: V

(720) 772-2709

 

 

James Kissell

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

Marilyn K. Antrim née Leonard

 

Since 2002 she has been a district judge in the 18th Judicial District.

00 DR 3202

Insulted and screamed at a father, a U.S. Marshall, from the bench, refused to look at the previous court record with vital evidence in the father's favor, endorsed her own parenting skills because she had read Dr. Spock, and threatened to terminate father's custody rights because "she can."

John Livingston, Jr.

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

Ryan P. Loewer

Jefferson County

Division P

(720) 772-2699

 

 

K. J. Moore

 

Promoted to county court judge in 2008 where she has a dismal record.

Joe Martinez

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

Babette Norton

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

Shelley Rodriguez

Jefferson County

Division U

(720) 772-2707

 

 

Joel Schaefer

Jefferson County

Division L and T

(720) 772-2468 (L)

(720) 772-2465 (T)

 

 

Ryan J. Stuart

 

Promoted to county court judge August 2012.

Marianne M. Timms

Jefferson County

Division: R

(720) 772-2703

 

Works to find solutions for fathers behind on child support. Lauded by Denver Post columnist Tina Griego, September 4, 2011.

Thomas E. Vance

County Traffic and Civil

 

Promoted to county judge in July 2004.

 

Reports are that this magistrate is fair and impartial.

Chris Voisinet

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

 

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