We must admit that we have a hard time figuring The Gazette out when it comes to Colorado legal issues. For the most part, it doesn't seem to see the need to bother to report on them, let alone editorialize on them.
We now have a state government dominated by lawyers. The governor is a lawyer. In the state House, four of the seven top Democrats are lawyers or in law school. In the state Senate, the top three Democrats are all lawyers while the fourth ranking Democrat is a rancher.
This didn't happen over night. Two non lawyers in the leadership were replaced by lawyers this session, but if The Gazette noticed, it didn't make a big deal of it.
How can The Gazette be surprised that lawyer friendly legislation is emerging from the legislature at a record pace? Actually, we're not even sure that they know that it is at a record pace.
What we don't understand is the Gazette's outrage at HB 1239 (pdf). It is completely inconsistent with the Gazette's silence when it is told that victims of lawyer or judicial misconduct are routinely told to go pound sand.
At least, when a sexual abuse victim makes a report to the police, the conduct is immediately stopped and investigated. That CAN NOT be said for the victims of lawyer and judicial misconduct. Those victims must tolerate their situation, sometimes for years.
It is inconsistent with its indifference toward SB 54 which will, among other things make it impossible for citizen and lawyer members of judicial performance commissions who vote against a judge to escape future retribution from that judge or his colleagues. In its current form, it is obnoxiously anti-public and the Gazette is obnoxiously silent about it.
We don't challenge the Gazette's objection to HB 1239. We just think that they need to develop a less selective sense of outrage. Either all victims of government abuse, sexual or otherwise, should have access to the courts, or none should.