Post article puts partisan spin on Attorney General John Suthers statement on Colorado Supreme Court retention elections

An interesting spin on some remarkable news…

After being scooped by The Business Word newsblog, State Bill Colorado, and Greenwood Village News, the Denver Post has caught up on reporting about an issue of extreme significance to Colorado voters.

An article in today’s Denver Post (AG Suthers may not back 3 on state Supreme Court) puts a partisan spin on a recent statement by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers on upcoming Colorado Supreme Court retention elections and the Clear The Bench Colorado movement to restore accountability to the judiciary and bring back balance to the bench…

Starting with the title (“may not back” vs. “will vote NO”), this article spins the remarkable news that “the highest-ranking law enforcement official in the state says he thinks the highest justices in our state are not worthy of continuing in office” away from reporting the facts.

(We appreciate and commend the fact that the reporter did quote this statement with reasonable accuracy).

Otherwise, the article gets a few things wrong, in an apparent attempt to spin the story into comfortably partisan territory and portray Clear The Bench Colorado as a purely partisan entity.

Let me make it clear: Clear The Bench Colorado is NOT “trying to rid the high court of most of its members” on partisan grounds.  Clear The Bench Colorado does not take the position “that the court is making unconstitutional decisions that favor Democrats” – Clear The Bench Colorado “maintains that the court is making unconstitutional decisions.” PERIOD.

Holding our state Supreme Court justices accountable to the people of Colorado, the Colorado Constitution (which they are sworn to uphold) and the rule of law in general is NOT a merely partisan issue.  It is NOT a matter of Democrat vs. Republican, Left vs. Right – but a matter of whether justices are fulfilling their proper function of being impartial referees instead of partisan political “players.”

Nor should “”The idea of sweeping four judges out at once” if they are all on the ballot be considered “radical and very disruptive” – voters have that right.

What’s “radical and very disruptive” is a state Senator suggesting that citizens exercising their rights to vote on 4 of our state officials – who wield immense power and influence over their lives – is somehow problematic. That view should be considered condescending, offensive, and downright insulting by every Coloradan who views him or herself as a citizen, not a subject.

Colorado voters can and should take the Colorado Supreme Court retention elections very seriously; they should do their homework, “judge the judges” based on their record, and then vote accordingly.  Clear The Bench Colorado respectfully disagrees with the Attorney General’s position on Justice Nancy Rice, based on the totality of her record (including support for the “Mill Levy Tax Freeze” property tax increase, the “Telluride Land Grab” eminent domain abuse case, and judicial usurpation of legislative authority in the 2003 redistricting case) but concedes that in her case, reasonable people may disagree on whether she should be retained (her dissent in the Lobato case was particularly well-reasoned, well-written, and argued in defense of the Constitution).

In the case of the remaining three justices facing a retention vote this year (Justice Michael Bender, Justice Alex Martinez, and Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey), the evidence is clear and overwhelming: they have repeatedly demonstrated a contempt for the Colorado Constitution and the rule of law and deserve a resounding “NO” vote in the November 2010 retention elections. As noted, the fact that the Colorado Attorney General – the state’s “highest-ranking law enforcement official” – has said as much is remarkable news, and should be given significant weight in considering how to vote in these critical elections this November.

Exercise YOUR right to vote “NO” on the 4 ‘unjust justices’ of the Mullarkey Majority (Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, Nancy Rice, and Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey) who need YOUR approval to continue taking away your constitutional rights: your right to vote on tax increases, your right to defend your homes and business from seizure by rapacious governments, and your right to enjoy the benefits of the rule of law, instead of suffering rule by an oligarchy of activist, agenda-driven “justices.”  Please help support Clear The Bench Colorado with your own comments (Sound Off!), your contributions, and your “NO” vote on retaining these unjust justices in November 2010!

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