Editorial: Incompetence and impropriety threaten Colorado’s judicial branch

The Denver Post: Our faith in Colorado’s judicial system has been challenged by two startling investigations that have uncovered impropriety and incompetence from the top of Colorado’s courts down.

An eight-month investigation into a shady contract awarded to the Colorado judicial department’s former chief of staff found that former Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Coats hadn’t acted criminally in the deal but was rather out-of-touch, easily manipulated, and ill-equipped to manage a branch of government.

Consider for a moment that the investigation also might be a charitable assessment of Coats’ behavior given that key whistleblowers in the case refused to participate in this investigation because it was paid for by the court system. Coats has declined to comment on the investigation, awaiting completion of a separate investigation later this summer.

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