Colorado Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission names finalists for Colorado Court of Appeals vacancy

The Colorado Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission has named the three finalists to fill a pending vacancy on the Colorado Court of Appeals, due to the resignation of Judge Robert Russel (effective 3 Nov 2012), as reported by Clear The Bench Colorado last month.

The three finalists (from whom Governor John Hickenlooper will select one) are:

Robert T. Fishman of Denver, Russell H. Granger of Georgetown, and Anthony Navarro of Denver.

  • Fishman is an appeals attorney at Ridley McGreevy & Winocur in Denver; his experience includes having clerked for (former) Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Luis D. Rovira
  • Granger is a currently district judge in the 5th Judicial District (formerly a Clear Creek County judge), and was most recently reviewed (and retained) in 2008.
  • Navarro currently works in the office of general counsel at the Social Security Administration; he previously applied for the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2008 (endorsed at the time by the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association).

The governor has 15 days from Wednesday to select one of the three. Comments regarding any of the nominees may be sent via e-mail to the governor at

Citizen participation in the judicial nominating commissions (either at the district level or statewide) is essential to ensuring that good judges – who understand that their role is to fairly and impartially uphold and apply the law – are elevated to judicial office, instead of more politicians in black robes.

This is particularly important in selecting the next statewide appellate court judges – many of whom all too frequently have exercised unrestrained power in violation of constitutional limits on their authority.

Our judicial system depends more than any other branch of government on public trust and confidence that the law is being applied fairly and impartially for all citizens – that our judges are fulfilling their proper roles as referees upholding the rules rather than players attempting to score for their “team’s” agenda.

Our view: an informed citizenry and active citizen participation is vital in restoring accountability and transparency to the 3rd branch of state government, the judicial branch.

Clear The Bench Colorado will, with your support, continue to promote transparency and accountability in the Colorado judiciary, informing the public to increase awareness of the substantial public policy implications of an unrestrained activism and political agendas in the courts.  We will continue to work to educate voters and provide information of relevance related to the judicial branch, and to provide useful and substantive evaluations of judicial performance.

However, we can’t do it alone –  we need your continued support; via your comments (Sound Off!) and, yes, your contributions.  Freedom isn’t free –nor is it always easy to be a Citizen, not a subject.

Ultimately, though – it’s worth the effort.

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