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Court of Appeals: Retain Judge John R. Webb

Court of Appeals — John R. Webb


Do not retain

Finally, an appellate judge we can relate to.

We at the Boulder Weekly are happy to see a writer in black robes. Judge John R. Webb, whose background is in employment and commercial litigation, shows all the qualities writers have, or wish we had.

He loves deadlines (“He works hard to issue timely opinions,” the Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation says). He’s served on the board of editors for the Colorado Lawyer, the publication of the Colorado Bar Association. He’s written numerous legal articles. He’s also intelligent, if we may say so ourselves — or quote the COJPE and say so. His opinions are clear and comprehensive.

But he’s got a few of our flaws, too.

Like an opinion columnist, Webb’s weakest area in the Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation survey is “reaching issues that need not be decided” — another way of saying that favorite conservative phrase, “activist judges.”

We endorse Webb for retention, especially given that all appeals cases are heard by a three-judge panel — perfect for limiting Webb’s tendency to reach.

Respond: letters@boulderweekly.com

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