LAW WEEK COLORADO
DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper yesterday announced Jefferson County District Judge Brian Boatright as his first appointment to the Colorado Supreme Court. Here’s a round-up of how media outlets are covering the governor’s pick.
–“One of the things I wanted to bring to the bench is trial court experience,” Brian Boatright said, as quoted by CW2 KWGN-TV’s Eli Stokols. “And I think the opportunity to bring that experience to the bench is something I will really value.”
–Hickenlooper says Boatright has the “intangibles” and “genuine wisdom” to bring together the Colorado Supreme Court, writes The Denver Post’s Jessica Fender.
–Boatright is a longtime Republican replacing a liberal judge right before some key political cases come to the high court, says the AP’s Ivan Moreno. The Post has ex-Gov. Dick Lamm weigh in on the importance of not stacking the court with one ideology.
–Departing Justice Alex Martinez will face controversial issues as Denver’s manager of safety, The Pueblo Chieftain’s Patrick Malone writes.
–Depending on where Boatright falls in the “judicial spectrum, ” he has the potential to “reshape” the court, according to a Denver Post editorial.
–The family law experience Boatright brings will give a new perspective to the high court, Fender writes.