Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline seeks independence from courts after lack of funding stalls investigation

The Denver Post: The Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline’s attempt last summer to hire a law firm to investigate allegations of widespread misconduct by judges stalled because the state Supreme Court did not fund the endeavor, commission members told legislators during a hearing Tuesday.

The commission is now seeking independent funding so that it can do its work without the influence of the judges and justices it is tasked with overseeing, commission chair Elizabeth Espinosa Krupa told lawmakers.

“To make sure that the public and citizens of Colorado are assured the integrity of the commission and the independence of the commission, we cannot have funding controlled by judicial leadership,” she said.

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