Colorado Supreme Court ignored subpoena for evidence in scandal inquiry, report says

The Denver Gazette: The Colorado Judicial Department – and by extension its Supreme Court – has refused to comply with a subpoena issued five months ago by the state’s Commission on Judicial Discipline in its effort to force the high court’s cooperation with its inquiry into the alleged coverup of misconduct by judges, the commission revealed Tuesday.

In a far-reaching 24-page report released at the first meeting of a legislative committee studying whether Colorado’s method of investigating and disciplining judges needs reform, the normally secretive commission said the Judicial Department has scoffed at the subpoena issued in late January, saying the body had no authority to compel the production of any evidence.

The discipline commission said curtailing its ability to investigate misconduct properly is a critical flaw in its process.

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