Effort to reform Colorado’s secretive judicial discipline system approved by state legislature

The Denver Post: State lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill aimed at reforming Colorado’s judicial discipline system, a move that could lead to significant change in the wake of last year’s scandal.

The bipartisan bill makes some immediate changes to the state’s largely secret system for disciplining judges who violate ethical or professional rules, but also sets up a committee of lawmakers to craft broader reforms ahead of the 2023 legislative session.

The reform effort follows Denver Post reporting that revealed an alleged blackmail scandal and cover-up in which a top judicial administrator allegedly threatened to publicly reveal judges’ unaddressed misconduct unless she was given a lucrative contract.

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