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: in 2012 the standard was that only 80-85% of attorneys voted to retain. In 2014 review this was broadened to 75-85% and in 2018 the standard was expanded again to 71-85% of attorneys voted to retain;

Do Not Retain: In 2012 the standard was less than 80% of attorneys voted to retain. In 2014 review this was changed to <75% of attorneys voted to retain and in 2018 this was lowered even further to less than or equal <=70% suggesting judicial standards continue to decline.


 

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    Table 32: Seventeenth Judicial District Judges and Magistrates

Name of Judge

Telephone

Case Links

Comments

 

District Judges

Emily Elizabeth Anderson

Broomfield

Division B

(720) 887-2135

 

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

Adams County

Division A

(303) 654-3290

 

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

Stood for retention in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Retain

97% of attorneys voted to Retain, and only 3% voted Do Not Retain.

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.

Tomee Crespin

Division G

(303) 654-3250

 

Appointed district court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in January 2017. Replaced Judge Straus. Formerly in private practice.

Caryn A. Datz

Division K

(303) 654-3257

 

Appointed district court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in August 2017. Replace Judge Ensor. Formerly, a prosecutor with the 20 th Judicial District Attorney's Office and head of the sex assault unit.

Katherine R. Delgado

Division: 5

(303) 654-3281

 

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.

 

Retired in September 2018.

 

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: 16% Do Not Retain

Sean Finn

Adams

Division B

(303) 654-3249

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in February 2018. Formerly chief trial deputy in Boulder County District Attorney's Office.

F. Michael Goodbee

Broomfield

Division: A

(720) 887-2140

 

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.

Sharon D. Holbrook

Division Q

(303) 654-3514

 

Promoted to district judge in October 2016 by Gov. Hickenlooper. Previously a magistrate.

Stood for retention in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Retain

100% of attorneys voted to Retain.

Priscilla Loew

Division D

(303) 654-3280

Promoted to district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in May 2017 to replace Judge Popovich. Former magistrate and before that a senior deputy district attorney in the 2 nd Judicial District.

Donald W. Marshall, Jr.

 

No longer on bench as of July 2009

Robert W. Kiesnowski, Jr., Division W

(303) 654-3546

 

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: C

(303) 654-3260

 

Appointed by Gov. Bill Owens in June 2004.

Stood for retention in 2006. 92% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2012.

EJF recommendation: 83% Marginal

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

An even more lackluster performance than in 2012. Just 76% of attorneys voted to Retain while 21% 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

 

Retired in May 2017.

 

Appointed in 1986.

Stood for retention in 2002. 89% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2008. 88% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: 100% Retain

Don Quick

Division L

(303) 654-3259

 

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.

Stood for retention in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Hasn't quite made the transition to an impartial jurist and only 76% of attorneys voted to Retain while 21% voted Do Not Retain.

Roberto Ramirez

Division F

 

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(303) 654-3240

 

Appointed district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in February 2017. Replaced Judge Welling. Formerly Senior Assistant Attorney for City of Arvada.

Jill-Elyn Straus

Division: S

 

One of only two judges not recommended for retention in 2016 by the judicial review commission and she was only judge voted off the bench that year.

 

Citizens voted her off the bench in November 2016 election.

 

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

 

Promoted to Court of Appeals by Gov. Hickenlooper in January 2018.

 

Appointed district judge in the fall of 2010.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: Retain

90% of attorneys voted to Retain but 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: E

(303) 654-3270

 

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

 

Retired in October 2016

 

Appointed June 7, 2005.

Stood for retention in 2008. 93% Retain.

Stood for retention in 2014.

EJF recommendation: 30% Do Not Retain, only 65% Retain

His performance has greatly declined.

Craig Welling

Division Q

 

Promoted to Court of Appeals by Gov. Hickenlooper in January 2017.

 

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: 93%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: 18% Do Not Retain, 65% Retain. Getting worse!

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Sub-Marginal

Slight improvement with 73% of attorneys voting to Retain but 18% are still voting Do Not Retain.

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: 15% Do Not Retain, 65% Retain.

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

Improved somewhat with 73% of attorneys voting to Retain but still 16% voted Do Not Retain.

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: 93% Retain

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Marginal

His rating dropped to 80% of attorneys voting to Retain and 20% voting Do Not Retain.

Cindy Hoang-Ha Thi Dang

 

Scored very low communication and demeanor.

 

This woman has obviously not been able to make the transition to an impartial jurist.

(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.

Stood for retention belatedly in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

Only an astounding 19% of attorneys voted to Retain, one of the lowest ratings for a judge we've seen. And fully 65% of attorneys voted Do Not Retain.

Randall J. Davis (Atty)

Broomfield County

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007.

Robert S. Doyle

Adams County

Division: 5

 

Retired July 2016.

 

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: 83% Marginal

Martin J. Flaum II

Adams County

Division 6

(303) 654-3380

 

Appointed county court judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in June 2016. Formerly senior lead deputy district attorney.

Byron Lynn Howell

Adams County

Division: 7

 

This man has done a decade of damage to Colorado citizens and it is time for him to go!

(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: 25% Do Not Retain, 58% Retain. Pathetic, and getting worse!

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Do Not Retain

He does persistently poorly with only 66% of attorneys voting to Retain and fully 26% voting 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: 97% Retain

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Retain

Again attorneys voted 96% to Retain with a mere 4% voting Do Not Retain.

Jeffrey L. Romeo

Adams County

Division: 6

 

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.

 

Stood for retention again in 2018.

EJF recommendation: Sub-Marginal

If we hadn't lowered our standards in 2018 this judge would be rated Do Not Retain for the third time; and might we hope she now steps down? But this time 74% of attorneys voted to Retain while only 11% voted Do Not Retain.

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Magistrates

Emily E. Anderson

 

Promoted to district judge in January 2014.

Gregory P. Beacom

Division: H

(303) 654-3244

 

 

Jonathan Bley

 

No longer on bench as of September 2012.

David Blackett

Division D1

(303) 654-3368

 

 

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

Adams County

Division 5

 

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 D. Holbrook

Division D2

 

Promoted to district judge in October 2016 by Gov. Hickenlooper.

Priscilla Loew

 

Promoted to district judge by Gov. Hickenlooper in May 2017.

Michelle Martinez-Thomas

Division B1

(303) 654-3255

 

 

Simon Mole

 

No longer on bench as of September 2014.

Andre A. Rudolph

 

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

Jacque Russell

Broomfield Division 4

Division D3

 

(720) 887-2105

(303) 654-3296

 

 

Frances Simonet

 

Promoted to county court judge in the 2nd Judicial District (Denver) in August 2017.

Peter Stapp

Division: B1

 

No longer on bench as of October 2018.

Kelley R. Sutherland

Division K1

(303) 654-3284

 

 

Merna A. Thane

 

No longer on bench as of February 2007

Bradley Varmo

Division D2

(303) 654-3285

 

 

Mariana Vielma

Division R

(303) 654-3370

 

 

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