Yet another partisan spin on recent statement by AG Suthers that he will vote “NO” on 3 Colorado Supreme Court justices
Just when it appeared that the attempts to spin the recent statement by Attorney General John Suthers that he would vote “NO” on retaining 3 of the 4 Colorado Supreme Court justices on the ballot this year (Justices Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, and Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey) had finally run their course, yet another left-wing blog (titled, appropriately, Left Turn) attacked Suthers for having the temerity to speak his mind about our activist state Supreme Court. The blog asserted:
Suthers’ statement aligns him with the conservative action group Clear the Bench Colorado, an organization dedicating ousting the four justices up for re-election in November. Its website describes our Supreme Court as “the most partisan in the nation” and the TABOR amendment is the second resource listed on its references page.
Although it is certainly true that “[w]hen 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, that’s big news,” and we appreciate that greater attention is now being paid to the very important and serious issue of the Colorado Supreme Court judicial retention elections in November 2010, Clear The Bench Colorado did not take the AG’s statement as an endorsement (although he is certainly free to do so).
It is also telling that the blog’s listing of TABOR as “the second resource listed on its references page” is somehow meant to be a damning indictment of Clear The Bench Colorado – since TABOR is, after all, part of the Colorado Constitution that our state Supreme Court justices are sworn to uphold (which, by the way, is the FIRST reference listed).
Our response to the article (which has not yet been published on their site) follows:
The statement by Attorney General Suthers – criticizing 3 of the 4 sitting Colorado Supreme Court justices facing retention on principled grounds – brought increased attention to an extremely important issue. For too long, the statewide retention elections on our state Supreme Court justices have been a mere rubber-stamp, instead of providing the opportunity for Colorado citizens to “judge the judges” based on their adherence to the Colorado Constitution, which they are sworn to uphold.
The Colorado Constitution, by the way, is the FIRST reference listed on the Clear The Bench Colorado Resources & References page – the TABOR amendment to the Colorado Constitution is listed second. Although it is unfortunate that the Attorney General has apparently bowed to political pressure, he has been on record numerous times criticizing the decisions of the current Colorado Supreme Court majority on constitutional grounds – his recent statement that he would draw the obvious conclusion and vote against retention of anti-constitutional justices should NOT come as a great surprise.
Indeed, what IS surprising (and disappointing) is that more attorneys have not exercised their “societal duty to criticize the courts” where they are wrong – which is why it apparently takes a non-lawyer (and Soldier) to lead the fight for YOUR constitutional rights. Learn more about YOUR right to vote on these ‘unjust justices’ – and why your vote should be “NO” on retention this November – at the Clear The Bench Colorado website.
Exercise YOUR right to vote “NO” on the four ‘unjust justices’ of the Mullarkey Majority on this year’s ballot (Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, Nancy Rice, and Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey). They 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 rule by an oligarchy of activist, agenda-driven “justices.” Help to Support Clear The Bench Colorado with your comments (Sound Off!), your contributions, and your “NO” vote on retaining these unjust justices this November!