Our legal system faces increasingly harsh and unjust attacks.
The arrest of a gunman outside the residence of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the murder of Wisconsin Judge John Roemer on June 3, 2022, and the ambush of New Jersey Federal Judge Esther Salas and her family at her home last year illustrate the attacks. on our independent judiciary.
These extreme actions intensify the impact of fewer and more common forms of intimidation that judges and jurors face, including protests and scathing comments. The First Amendment protects a certain freedom of expression. It does not permit attempts to intimidate or muzzle judges or magistrates through intimidation.
Juries enjoy the same protection against intimidation.
The Colorado Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) condemns all such attacks on our jurors and judges, who already know that one side or the other will strongly disagree with each of their decisions. Losing parties have non-violent remedies. But active efforts to intimidate and intimidate cannot and will not be tolerated.
Our Chapter promises to address these issues as they arise. Civil juries judge the facts. The trial judges indicate which laws apply to this case. Rarely thanked and often despised, juries remain the backbone of independent and impartial justice.
Politicians and opinion columnists scoff at jury verdicts despite the snippets of testimony they hear or get second-hand. Jurors should be applauded for their objectivity and willingness to make tough decisions based on all the facts and established law, not guesswork.
The raw courage that our juries and judges quietly demonstrate every day cannot be overstated. For this, our chapter endorses setting aside one day a year as a jury appreciation day as a day to say thank you. So when our judges and juries are unjustly criticized for doing their jobs, our Chapter will respond to uphold and protect the integrity of our impartial and independent judicial system.
Founded in 1958, ABOTA is composed of state and federal judges and attorneys representing both sides of the civil bar – consumers and businesses. We preserve, protect and defend our rule of law, knowing that trust in an independent and impartial judiciary remains the cornerstone of our democracy, free from political or financial influence.
We condemn these brazen attacks on our justice system and all officers of the judiciary, including judges, judges and judicial personnel to whom we entrust the safeguarding of our democracy. Without our judicial system, our rule of law cannot survive. Without the 7th Amendment and our right to a jury trial, none of the other Bill of Rights amendments can be enforced.
— Richard M. Kaudy is President of the Colorado Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates