Tenth Judicial District — Pueblo County

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Pueblo County Judicial Building

320 West 10th Street

Pueblo, Colorado 81003

Telephone: (719) 583-7125 — Main Number

Facsimile: (719) 583-7126

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 25: Tenth Judicial District Judges and Magistrates

Name of Judge

Telephone

Case Links

Comments

 

District Judges

William Alexander

Division 504

(719) 404-8711

 

Appointed district court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in April 2012. Municipal court judge in Pueblo prior to that.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

84% of attorneys voted to Retain and 9% voted Do Not Retain.

David A. Cole

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

David W. Crockenberg

Division 404

(719) 404-8873

 

Appointed district court judge in Dec. 2002.

Stood for retention in 2006. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain

92% of attorneys voted to retain while only 8% voted Do Not Retain.

Scott Epstein

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

Deborah Eyler

Chief Judge

Division 502

(719) 404-870

 

Appointed district court judge in December 2008.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: Retain

90% of attorneys voted to Retain, 10% Do Not Retain.

Thomas Flesher

Division 503

(719) 404-8740

 

Appointed district court judge by Gov. Ritter in March 2008. Former public defender.

Stood for retention in 2010. Attorney ratings not given.

Stood for retention again in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Retain

94% of attorneys voted to Retain with only 6% voting Do Not Retain

Kim Karn

Division 403

(719) 404-8838

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in August 2014. Prior to the she was a public defender.

C. Dennis Maes

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

Jill S. Mattoon

 

Only CO judge not recommended for retention in 2010.

 

An example of the flaws in the judicial retention system.

(719) 404-8890

 

Appointed district court judge in November 2006. Replaced Scott B. Epstein

Stood for retention in 2010. Do Not Retain. Attorney rating not given but commission stated that it does not appear that she is willing to acknowledge her weaknesses or, if she has the ability to do so, to expend any effort to improve her performance.

Retained by voters.

Stood for retention again in 2016

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

72% of attorneys voted Retain but 22% voted Do Not Retain. Incredibly, only 48% of the non-attorneys voted to Retain.

Victor Reyes

 

Retired December 31, 2014.

 

Appointed district judge in August 1998.

Stood for retention in 2002. Pathetic 63% of attorneys voted to retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. Very weak 78% of attorneys voted to retain.

Larry Charles Schwartz

Division 406

(719) 404--8821

 

Appointed district court judge in July 2008.

Stood for retention in 2010. Not rated.

Stood for retention in 2016.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Just 78% of attorneys voted to Retain and 12% voted Do Not Retain.

Rosalie Vigna

 

No longer on bench as of July 2009

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County Judges

Adele K. Anderson

 

Commission stated she is demeaning and treats individuals appearing in her court without legal counsel harshly.

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012. She won't be missed.

 

Not recommended for retention in 2000 survey. Only 32% of attorneys recommended she be retained. That was the worst evaluation the EJF was aware of prior to 2014.

In 2004 review she was found to deal with defendants and plaintiffs in a manner described as being curt to the point of being rude. Her treatment of defendants from lower socio-economic backgrounds has been perceived as demeaning and lacking compassion.

Steve Fieldman

Division 304

(719) 583-7041

 

Appointed county court judge in January 2008.

Stood for retention in 2010. 84% Retain.

Commission voted 8-2 he be retained with an improvement plan.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

84% of attorneys voted to Retain, same as in 2010, 5% voted Do Not Retain.

Valerie V. Haynes

 

She was given the worst rating the EJF has seen.

 

She is described as rude, curt, has little compassion, and inappropriately raises her voice.

(719) 404-8796

Division 306

 

Appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper in 2011. Replaced Hearn. Prior experience as deputy DA in 4 th , 10 th , and 13 th Judicial Districts.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Incredibly, only 11% of attorneys voted to Retain while 74% voted Do Not Retain. The commission unanimously voted to oust her and reported she imposes requirements that have no basis in rule or law.

Kathleen K. Hearn

Pueblo County

 

Retired in May 2011.

 

Appointed county court judge in December 1995.

Stood for retention in 1998. 86% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2002. Very weak 70+% of attorneys recommended she be retained.

Stood for retention in 2006. 97% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2010. 87% Retain.

David Lobato

Division 303

(719) 404-8744

 

Appointed county court judge in February 2012. Former public defender.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

94% of attorneys voted to Retain, only 2% voted Do Not Retain.

Ernest J. Ruybalid (Atty)

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012. Thank heaven!

 

Performance is substandard and the judicial review commission issued a neutral No Opinion in 2000 survey.

Stood for retention in 2004. Retain! Why?

In 2004 review Commission stressed recurring issues and some of those issues gathered from the surveys and interviews were as follows:

1. Has limited knowledge of the law, and sentencing practices are not consistent.

2. Lacks technological skills hindering him in his capacity as a County Judge.

3. Does not interact with the staff and does not help with the workload.

4. Orders are not well thought out and he takes positions that do not make sense.

5. Overall evaluations are below the rest of the Colorado County Judges.

 

 

Stood for retention in 2008. A pitiful 70% of attorneys recommended he be retained.

Took 33 days paid leave in addition to holidays.

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Magistrates

Joyce Cohen

Division 305

(719) 404-8822

 

 

Deborah Eyler

 

Promoted to District Court Judge

Rebecca Moss

 

No longer on bench as of July 2009 j

Dorothy Radakovich

Division 402

(719) 404-8818

 

 

Clinton A. Smith

 

No longer on bench as of September 2016.

Kelle Thomas

Division 302

(719) 404-8882

 

 

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