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Friday, July 1, 2022

Tremendous backlash delays harassment, sexism investigation in Colorado courts

State Court Administrator Steven Vasconcelos said Tuesday that more than 100 Colorado Judicial Department staffers sought to speak to investigators for an independent investigation into allegations of harassment and sexism within the court system — a forceful response that prompted investigators to do their jobs. Tempted to ask for extra time to finish. ,

The Investigative Law Group launched an investigation into claims of widespread workplace harassment and sexism in the judiciary in November. The effort is one of two investigations launched by the Justice Department last year to investigate both allegations of misconduct and a high-level cover-up within the department.

The second investigation, headed by RCT Ltd., a firm led by former US attorney Bob Troyer, is investigating an allegation that top judicial officials violated a $2.75 million contract to prevent a former employee from speaking about judges’ misconduct. tried to use.

During the first meeting of a legislative committee set up to reform judicial discipline, Vasconcelos told lawmakers on Tuesday that both investigations had been delayed. Referring to the large number of people who have sought interviews of investigators, he said, the Investigation Law Group will complete its work by July 29.

“It was almost three times the amount estimated by the ILG,” he said. “It’s an important effort as part of that investigation; they weren’t planning for that at the time.”

Vasconcelos said the RCT investigation should be completed within 10 days and no later than June 29. Both groups will present reports on their investigations that will be made public, although they may be redacted.

In view of the committee’s August 19 deadline to make recommendations on changes to the disciplinary process for judges, lawmakers on Tuesday urged the investigators to finish them at the earliest.

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