Monument attorney faces possible jail time for revealing contents of emissions report

The Gazette (Colorado Springs): Monument attorney Leslie Weise likely will learn Feb. 13 whether she will be sanctioned, fined or even jailed for six months under a contempt citation sought by Colorado Springs Utilities and the city, Colorado Chief Appeals Judge Alan M. Loeb indicated at a Friday hearing.

The city and Utilities pressed for the citation after the state Court of Appeals inadvertently sent Weise the very Utilities document she had been fighting for in court.

Weise said she returned the document on sulfur dioxide emissions without keeping a copy, as ordered by the court Nov. 16. But she also told The Gazette that one section of the document produced by AECOM Technical Services showed that sulfur dioxide emissions from the coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant had violated federal standards.

Utilities officials have disputed that claim.

Senior Judge Jose D.L. Marquez, who retired from the Appeals Court, will conduct the evidentiary hearing next month, said Loeb.

The case is “not a criminal matter, but it is a serious matter,” the chief judge said.

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