Fourth Judicial District — El Paso and Teller Counties

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Referred to locally as the Filthy Fourth because of its abysmal record on civil liberties, especially Second Amendment, and the incredible number of domestic violence cases, three times the number in the comparable judicial districts.
With five military bases, including Fort Carson, within this district the abysmal treatment of veterans and active-duty military has drawn national attention. And, as of 2010, the problems are getting worse rather than better and as of 2011 3,200 veterans a year are arrested and rearrested in El Paso County alone, often on such spurious petty charges as "dog at large."
Prosecutors in this district repeatedly add and jack up charges in order to coerce plea bargains with the court's collusion.
El Paso County Judicial Building

270 S. Tejon Street

Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

Information Number: (719) 448-7700

Facsimile: (719) 329-7046 (Colorado Springs)

Self help center for pro se litigants is in Room 101. Call (719) 452-5555 for appointment.

Teller County Courthouse

101 West Bennett Avenue,

P.O. Box 997,

Cripple Creek, CO 80813

Facsimile (719) 689-2574 (Cripple Creek)

Office of Trust & Estate Administration (Probate Court)

105 East Vermijo, Suite 120

PO Box 2980

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

(719) 448-7551

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 19: Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller Counties)

Name of Judge

Telephone

Case Links

Comments

 

District Judges

Douglas E. Anderson

El Paso County

 

Not recommended for retention. Stepped down end of 2003 with full retirement benefits.

William Bain

Division 22

(719) 452-5522

 

Appointed by Gov. Ritter in Sept. 2010.

Former Colorado Springs city attorney.

Stood for retention in 2014;

EJF recommendation: Retain

89% of attorneys voted to Retain, 7% voted Do Not Retain.

 

After a sheriff's deputy attempted to kill a farmer on his own property, Bain sentenced the farmer to four years in prison for attempting to defend himself from an obviously out-of-control deputy who was firing wildly.

Lin Billings Vela

Division 1

(719) 452-5229

 

Promoted to district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in July 2015. Formerly county judge in Teller County and before that a magistrate.

 

Appointed county court judge in October 2011. Formerly a magistrate in 4th Judicial District.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

89% of attorneys voted to Retain and only 6% voted Do Not Retain.

Peter W. Booth

El Paso County

 

Stepped down November 2003.

 

Appointed district judge September 1991.

Stood for retention in 2000. 88% Retain.

Concerns about his ongoing lack of diligence and docket control.

Jill Brady

Division 20

(719) 542-5291

 

Promoted to district judge in July 2015 by Gov. Hickenlooper. Formerly El Paso County magistrate.

Rebecca S. Bromley

 

A lesson in why litigants should make their own recordings of court proceedings.

 

Retired July 20, 2007, to avoid an investigation into taking bribes. See Nov. 13, 2008, article in Know Your Courts.

 

Appointed district court judge in 2001.

Acting district judge for probate from 1999 on. Appointed county court judge in 1987 and was Presiding Judge of County Court from 1987 to 1993.

Stood for retention in 2000. Only 71% of attorneys voted to retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 84% Retain.

See Galbraith appeal 08CA2353. February, 2006, Bromley began using powerful drugs. Side effects included: confusion, disorientation, agitation, decreased concentration, memory loss, behavioral changes, forgetfulness, impaired cognition, transient global amnesia, depression, mood swings, organic delusional syndrome, paranoia, and aggravation of pre- existing senility.

By November, 2006, Bromley was so impaired that she no longer came to work regularly. She arranged with several other employees and other judges, to cover for her so she could continue receiving full-time salary and benefits while not earning them, a criminal felony under Colorado's Embezzlement of Public Funds statute.

One arrangement made to cover up her impaired abilities was to allow her to conduct court proceedings without a court reporter or any Electronic Recording Operator present, contrary to accepted practices regarding use of electronic recordings in court proceedings.

Placed mother in jail for 3 days in July 2007 for talking to her daughter on the telephone. Also ordered mother to perform 100 hours of community service with Headstart.

Robin Chittum

Division 19

(719) 452-5352

 

Promoted district judge from magistrate by Gov. Hickenlooper effective January 2013. She was fair and impartial as a magistrate.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain.

91% of attorneys voted to Retain.

Theresa M. Cisneros

Teller County

(719) 686-8014

 

Appointed district judge in January 1997.

Stood for retention in 2000.

Stood for retention in 2006. 85% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Just 83% of attorneys voted to Retain and 17% voted Do Not Retain

 

 

Biased and unfair in family issues particularly regarding paternity fraud.

Edward S. Colt

Division 8

(719) 452-5449

 

Appointed district judge in September 2000.

Stood for retention in 2002. Just half of attorneys polled voted to retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 87% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

90% of attorneys voted to Retain and only 6% voted to not retain.

 

 

Worked with a suicidal veteran suffering from PTSD to get him treatment after the veteran shot at the Sheriff's Bearcat armored vehicle when it came on his property.

Ronald Crowder

 

Major general in Colorado National Guard and served as advisor in the Balkans. Former deputy DA and municipal judge in Manitou Springs.

 

Retired in January 2013 and appointed senior judge.

 

Appointed district judge in July 2006.

Stood for retention in 2008. 100% Retain.

93DR266

(click here for a ruling as incoherent as you are likely to see, dated October 15, 2007)

 

Reversed

07CA 2295

Ignoring res judicata and stare decisis, as well as Colorado statutes, in 2007 Crowder reopened this divorce case after 14 years and forced husband to provide life insurance with ex-wife, who has remarried, as beneficiary. Crowder also readjudicated ex-husband's military retirement pay to ex-wife's advantage 14 years after their divorce. Husband feared for his life with ex-wife sole beneficiary of a $400,000 life insurance policy

(click here for transcript of 2007 hearing). In a rare show of common sense on November 13, 2008, the CO Court of Appeals, case 07CA 2295, reversed this decision.

Pioneered veteran courts in Colorado.and handled felony cases for veteran trauma court

Veterans in his court thought very highly of him.

Jann DuBois

Division: 17

(719) 452-5259

 

Appointed district judge in August 2005.

Formerly a magistrate in 4 th JD.

Stood for retention in 2008. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

90% of attorneys voted to Retain, 10% did not vote.

 

A psychologist reported her extremely biased and prejudiced in two cases in April 2010, one family, one criminal.

Screamed at defendant and his mother in another case in May 2010.

An attorney reported that she is biased and ignorant of the law.

David A. Gilbert

Division: 7

(719) 452-5287

 

Appointed district court judge in July 2001.

Formerly chief deputy district attorney.

Stood for retention in 2004. 80% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 94% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

This time just 84% of attorneys voted to Retain and 11% voted Do Not Retain.

Deborah Grohs

Division: 18

(719) 452-5443

 

Appointed by Gov. Ritter August 9, 2007. Former public defender and worked in private practice from 2004 until 2007.

Stood for retention in 2010. Very weak 75% of attorneys voted to retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

This time 80% of attorneys voted to Retain but 14% voted Do Not Retain.

Richard V. Hall

El Paso County

 

Retired March 31, 2006.

 

Appointed district court judge in 1978.

Stood for retention in 1998.

Stood for retention in 2004. After 29 years on the bench only 74% of attorneys recommended he be retained.

On August 31, 2010, Hall had three bears executed, a mother and her two cubs, because the cubs knocked out a screen and came into his house. In bear country home owners are expected to better protect their homes against intrusion and his neglect cost three bears their lives.

Barbara Hughes

Division 13

(719) 452-5281

 

Promoted to district judge in January 2011.

Former magistrate.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Only 77% of attorneys voted to Retain and 14% voted Do Not Retain.

Barney Iuppa

Division: 20

 

Attorneys and defendants criticized him as being too harsh and abrupt.

 

The EJF repeatedly had litigants complain about his irrational judgements.

 

Stepped down in June 2015 and died in 2016.

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Ritter May 2008.

County judge from 1995 until 2008.

Former 4 th Judicial District Attorney from 1989 through 1998.

Stood for retention in 2010. 90% Retain.

But see performance reviews as a county judge where only 60-69% of attorneys voted for retention over 12 years.

06M2561

Sentenced Marine Corps combat veteran to 1 year in jail because he objected to reading radical feminist hate literature during DV "treatment."

Thomas Kelly Kane

Division: 3

(719) 452-5274

 

Appointed district court judge in Sept. 1994.

Stood for retention in 2002. 79% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 98% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain.

90% of attorneys voted to Retain, only 6% voted Do Not Retain.

J. Patrick Kelly

El Paso County

 

Stepped down October 31, 2010, rather than face retention vote.

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Owens in July 2002. Previously he was El Paso County Clerk.

Stood for retention in 2004. Only 79% of attorneys voted to retain.

Thomas Kennedy

Division: 1

 

Reports are he has shouted and screamed from the bench, should be taking anger management classes instead of sentencing people to them.

 

Misapplies the law on a regular basis.

Knowingly violates constitutional rights and then advises litigants of their option to appeal.

 

Retired (finally) in June 2015.

 

Appointed district judge in May 1999.

Former prosecutor, draconian judge.

Stood for retention in 2002. 89% of attorneys voted for retention but the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association recommended he not be retained. Judicial Performance Commission recommended two year probation due to numerous credible complaints that he is not of proper judicial temperament.

Stood for retention in 2008. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Although 79% of attorneys voted to Retain previous experience does not suggest this judge should remain on the bench.

2011JV1220

Failed to have prosecution witness sequestered. Then allowed her to be admitted as expert witness despite fact she only has a BA in social science, just 6 years experience as case worker with DHS, no publications, no honors, no supervisory, management, or teaching experience, and no résumé was presented. As an "expert witness" she was then allowed to present hearsay and gossip as sworn testimony. Nor had she interviewed father in this case.

Robert L. Lowrey

Division: 12

 

Air Force Academy graduate.

(719) 452-5244

 

Appointed district court judge in August 2003.

Stood for retention in 2006. 95% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain

96% of attorneys voted to Retain, only 4% voted Do Not Retain

Gilbert A. Martinez

Chief Judge

 

Has been shot at in his home.

(719) 452-5446

Division: 10

 

Appointed district judge in 1989.

Stood for retention in 1998. 94% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. 72% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 91% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Only 75% of attorneys voted to Retain and while only 5% voted Do Not Retain this is a poor showing for a chief judge.

 

Reported to be biased and unfair in family issues. For one woman's view of how her divorce was handled by him click here. Her identity is hidden to reduce the chances of retaliation.

Mike McHenry

Division 21

(719) 452-5547

 

Appointed by Gov. Ritter September 2010.

Former public defender.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

With 85% of attorneys voting to Retain, and only 7% voting Do Not Retain, Judge McHenry is on the high end of our Marginal classification.

G. David Miller

Division: 16

 

Retired Air Force JAG officer

(719) 452-5255

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Owens in September 2002.

Stood for retention in 2004. 77% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 94% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain.

96% of attorneys voted to Retain.

 

08CV6492

 

Overturned

09CA1230

Despite clear provisions of C.R.S. § 18-12-201 et seq., Art. II, § 13 of Colorado Constitution, and Amendment II of the federal Constitution Judge Miller arbitrarily dismissed suit brought against Regents of Univ. of Colorado that banned weapons and explosives on campuses despite multiple instances of assaults against which victims could not defend themselves. Court of Appeals overturned his decision and, in essence, told the judge, and Regents, to read and obey the law and Constitution.

Steven T. Pelican

 

Retired January 2009.

David S. Prince

Division: 2

(719) 452-5235

 

Appointed by Gov. Owens in February 2006. Experience in civil litigation in private practice. No prior judicial experience.

Stood for retention in 2008. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Judge Prince's ratings dropped considerably as only 81% of attorneys voting to Retain and 12% voting Do Not Retain.

Marla Rochelle Prudek

Division 14

(719) 452-5233

 

Promoted to district court judge in November 2012. Was a county court judge from July 2009. Replaced Judge Kirk Samelson. Former deputy DA 1987-1989 for El Paso County. Came to the bench from private practice.

Stood for retention in county court in 2012. 90% Retain.

EJF recommendation: Retain

Stood for retention as district judge in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only a pitiful 58% of attorneys voted to Retain as a district judge.

Kirk Stewart Samelson

 

Air Force Academy graduate.

 

Retired in October 2012.

 

Appointed district court judge in 2000.

Stood for retention in 2002. 91% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. No data.

Timothy Schutz

Division 9

(719) 452-5358

 

Appointed district court judge Nov. 2010.

Stood for retention in 2012

EJF recommendation: Marginal

85% of attorneys voted to Retain, 15% voted Do Not Retain

Larry E. Schwartz

Division 5

(719) 452-5365

 

Appointed district court judge in 1997.

Stood for retention in 2000. 96% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012

EJF recommendation: Retain

95% of attorneys voted to Retain, only 5% voted Do Not Retain

 

See Sgt. Jose Barco story on PBS documentary Wounded Platoon.

In violation of the Eighth Amendment Schwartz sentenced veteran suffering from PTSD with no priors to 52 years in prison. The veteran had a 19-year-old wife and a new baby.

Scott A. Sells

Division: 6

(719) 452-5544

 

Promoted to district judge January 2009. Replaced Steven Pelican.

Stood for retention in 2012

EJF recommendation: Retain

94% of attorneys voted to Retain, and 6% voted Do Not Retain

David Shakes

Division: 4

 

Former Army JAG officer. As of January 2013 lead judge for veteran trauma court.

(719) 452-5279

 

Appointed district judge in March 2003.

Stood for retention in 2006. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012

EJF recommendation: Retain

89% of attorneys voted to Retain and 11% voted Do Not Retain

Timothy J. Simmons

El Paso County

 

Army West Point graduate.

 

Stepped down from bench December 31, 2010.

 

Appointed district court judge July 1998.

Stood for retention in 2000. 89% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 95% Retain.

D. Richard Toth

 

Retired in 2003 after calling litigant in case he was hearing an overeducated nigger.

 

Appointed in 1987. Not recommended for retention.

Despite forced retirement as of 2012 he is still working as a "traveling" senior judge for Colorado, filling in for vacationing judges across the state.

11JV1220

Even tempered, fair, listened to both sides.

Gregory R. Werner

Division: 15

(719) 452-5285

 

Appointed July 14, 2006. Formerly an attorney with State Farm Insurance.

Stood for retention in 2008. 92% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Very marginal

Only 76% of attorneys voted to Retain and 14% voted Do Not Retain. Lowest score of all 4th district judges reviewed in 2014.

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County Judges

Christopher Acker

El Paso County

Division: B

 

Attorneys overwhelmingly (94%) report that Judge Acker is either "very biased" or "somewhat biased" in favor of the prosecution.

 

Why is this man still on the bench?

(719) 452-5207

 

Appointed county court judge in March 2003.

Stood for retention in 2006. Only 61% of attorneys recommended retention while 29% voted Do Not Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. Again only 57% of attorneys voted to retain while a full 43% voted Do Not Retain. Pathetic!

Stood for retention again in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Judge Acker shows no signs of improvement with only 64% of attorneys voting to Retain. 29% voted Do Not Retain.

On December 4, 2008, Acker was observed to grant a temporary protection order (TPO) to a woman, ~50, because her ex-boyfriend was leaving flowers on her car. He also had keys to her apartment but she had not bothered to change the locks for two months despite claiming to be in fear of him.

In another case Acker granted a TPO to a female soldier whose veteran husband drank too much (PTSD?) and one day punched a wall after an argument. But, by her own admission, he did not touch her or make any threats toward her.

Conversely, a request by a man for a TPO after his wife assaulted him, dislocated her daughter's shoulder, and sexually abused her son was denied.

Caroline Benham

El Paso County

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

 

Appointed county court judge in August 1987.

Former social worker.

Stood for retention in 1998. Only 75% of attorneys favored retention.

Apparently she was still serving as a substitute judge as of 2011 where her performance has been rated as "despicable" by at least one attorney.

Lin Billings-Vela

Teller County

Division T

 

Promoted to district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in July 2015.

 

Appointed county court judge in October 2011. Formerly a magistrate in 4th Judicial District.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

89% of attorneys voted to Retain and only 6% voted Do Not Retain.

Geoffrey H. deWolfe

El Paso County

 

No longer on bench as of 2003.

 

Appointed county court judge in 1987.

Stood for retention in 1998. Only 76% of attorneys favored retention.

Laura Norris Findorff

El Paso County

Division F

(719) 452-5360

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in December 2012. Prior to that she was a magistrate in the 18th Judicial District.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

96% of attorneys voted to Retain and none voted Do Not Retain.

 

09DR2993

Indifferent to father's and grandmother's visitation rights for 2-year old child. Ignored evidence and insulted father.

Karla J. Hansen

El Paso County

Division: D

 

Hansen was only CO judge in 2012 rated as Do Not Retain by a Judicial Performance Review Commission

 

This woman does not improve and needs to be voted off the bench.

(719) 452-5191

 

 

Appointed county court judge in August 2001.

Stood for retention in 2004. 78% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 86% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2012

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

In 2016 only 68% of attorneys voted to Retain and 18% voted Do Not Retain. The commission also noted that 61% of attorney found her biased toward the prosecution.

 

 

In court she appears to be gender biased against men and veterans in particular.

Barney Iuppa

El Paso County

 

Promoted to district judge in May 2008 by Gov. Ritter. Died 2016.

 

Appointed county judge in 1995.

4 th Judicial District Attorney 1989-1990.

Stood for retention in 1998. Only 69% of attorneys felt he should be retained.

Stood for retention in 2002. A pathetic 60% of attorneys recommended retention.

Stood for retention in 2006. Again only 65% of attorneys voted for retention.

06M2561

Sentenced Marine Corps combat veteran to 1 year in jail because he objected to reading radical feminist hate literature during DV "treatment."

Teresa Kilgore

Teller County

Division T

(719) 689-2574

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in August 2015. Replaced Lin Billings-Veta

Sylvia Manzanares

 

After consistently low ratings she "retired" in May 2007.

 

Appointed county judge in August 1995.

Stood for retention in 1998. 85% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2002. Only 77% of attorneys voted to retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. Again only 78% of attorneys voted to retain.

Lawrence Martin

El Paso County

Division: E

(719) 452-5355

 

Appointed county court judge in August 1996.

Stood for retention in 1998. 88% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2002. 85+% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

87% of attorneys voted to Retain, only 8% said Do Not Retain.

Doug Miles

El Paso County

Division K

(719) 452-5197

 

Appointed by Gov. Ritter September 2010.

Former prosecutor and hardline DV advocate in that position.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

83% of attorneys voted to Retain, 11% voted Do Not Retain.

James S. Patterson

 

Retired July 2009.

 

Appointed county court judge in 1991.

Stood for retention in 1998. 90% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2002. 92% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2006. 95% Retain.

Jackson L. Peters Jr.

Teller County

 

Retired August 2011.

 

Appointed county court judge in August 1989.

Stood for retention in 2000. 86% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2004. Only 74% of attorneys apparently voted for retention.

Stood for retention in 2008. 96% Retain.

Marla Rochelle Prudek

El Paso County

 

Promoted to district court judge in November 2012.

 

Appointed county judge by Gov. Bill Ritter in July 2009. Replaced Judge James Patterson. Former deputy DA 1987-1989 for El Paso County. Came to the bench from private practice.

Stood for retention in 2012. 90% Retain.

EJF recommendation: Retain

Ann M. Rotolo

El Paso County

Division: G

(719) 452-5242

 

Promoted from magistrate by Gov. Ritter in May 2008.

Stood for retention in 2010. 94% Retain.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Her performance has drastically deteriorated and only 70% of attorneys voted to Retain while 22% voted Do Not Retain

Stephen J. Sletta

El Paso County

Division: A

 

Reported to be fair and open. Seeks solutions to problems.

(719) 452-5349

 

Appointed county court judge in 1991.

Stood for retention in 1998. Only 79% of attorneys, 72% of law enforcement, just 68% of court personnel recommended retention

Stood for retention in 2002. A pathetic 73% of attorneys recommended he be retained.

Stood for retention in 2006. 88% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 100% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

After 33 years on the bench his performance is slipping again and only 77% of attorneys voted to Retain this time, while 16% voted Do Not Retain.

Jonathan Walker

El Paso County

Division: H

 

Judge Walker was suspended with pay on November 8, 2016, for unspecified reasons pending a disciplinary hearing.

(719) 452-5193

 

Served with Army Special Forces in Vietnam and Laos.

 

Appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter in May 2007 to replace Manzanares. Former public defender and member of CO DV offender management board.

Stood for retention in 2010. 84% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

80% of attorneys voted to Retain but 15% voted Do Not Retain

Regina Walter

District and drug court

Division: J

(719) 452-5421

 

Promoted to county judge in 2008. Former magistrate.

Stood for retention in 2010. Very weak 73% of attorneys voted to retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Her performance gets worse and only 63% of attorneys voted to Retain while 32% voted Do Not Retain.

Daniel S. Wilson

Division: C

(719) 452-5203

 

Appointed county court judge in 2002.

Former deputy district attorney.

Stood for retention in 2004. 84% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 93% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Marginal 85% Retain, 15% Do Not Retain

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

This time only 72% of attorneys voted to Retain. Clearly Judge Wilson's performance is not improving.

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Magistrates

Lynn Billings-Vela

 

Promoted to county judge in Teller County in October 2011 and then to district judge in July 2015.

Jill Brady

Division M

 

 

El Paso County. Promoted to district judge in July 2015.

Daphne Burlingame

Division 5L

(719) 452-5210

 

El Paso County

Jayne Candea-Ramsey

Division N

(719) 452-5201

 

Former senior deputy district attorney. Appointed magistrate in El Paso County in February 2011.

Carol Carter

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

Robin Chittum

 

Promoted to district court judge.

 

Fair and patient with citizens. Seeks solutions to problems brought before her. Extensive experience with DV cases and carefully considers facts and testimony.

Meredith Patrick Cord

Division M

(719) 452-5392

 

 

Jessica Curtis

Division V

(719) 452-5248

 

El Paso County

Robert C. Erler

 

Retired Air Force Colonel

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

 

Warned defendants in DV cases that they will lose their Constitutional rights if they accept a plea bargain.

M. Flynn Feeney

Division X

(719) 452-5540

 

El Paso County

Monica Jo Gomez

District

 

Promoted to Douglas County (18 th Judicial District) judge in February 2007.

E. David Griffith

Probate

 

No longer on bench as of June 2000.

Heard to remark that he could visit Vail and golf at the expense of a ward of the court. Under his direction one trust fund was swindled out of more than $250,000. See problems with probate courts.

Barbara Hughes

 

Promoted to district judge in January 2011.

Frances Johnson

Division W

(719) 452-5003

 

El Paso County

Denise Peacock

 

 

No longer on bench as of September 2016.

Ann Rotola

 

Promoted to county judge in May 2008 by Gov. Ritter.

Pamela Sanchez

Division S

(719) 452-5216

 

 

Jeffrey O. Saufley

Division Z

(719) 452-5419

 

El Paso County

Scott A. Sells

 

Promoted to district judge January 2009. Replaces Steven Pelican.

Evelyn H. Sullivan

Division: R

 

Retired January 2016 after 19 years as a magistrate.

 

El Paso County

William Trujillo

Division: R

(719) 452-5212

Handles domestic violence cases in El Paso County. Hands out protection orders like tissue paper at the rate of one a minute, but only to females.

Cares little about impact on citizens and, particularly, military.

Doesn't seek solutions, simply punishment.

A number of cases have been reported where the audio recordings of hearings in his court are "inaudible."

2010C1180

Even with felony charges of bigamy and forgery against his wife, Trujillo refused to grant a soldier a protection order against her.

Regina Walter

 

Promoted to county judge in 2008.

Jamie Vigil

Division Q

(719) 452-5401

 

El Paso County

Daniel M. Winograd

 

No longer on bench as of September 2016.

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