The Denver Post
First Judicial District Court Judge Brian Boatright will be Colorado's next state Supreme Court Justice, sources close to the appointment process say.
Gov. John Hickenlooper plans today to officially announce his first pick for the high court at a press conference this morning at the state Capitol.
Boatright, 49, is the only one of the field of three candidates for the job who has spent time as a trial court judge.
He has spent more than a decade on the bench in the 1st Judicial District, which serves Jefferson and Gilpin counties, first running a mixed docket and then focusing on juvenile court issues.
With the departure of Justice Alex Martinez later this month, the high court would have been left with only one member who has served as a trial court judge. Much of the justices' work is review decisions made by lower courts.
Hickenlooper also considered corporate attorney Frederick Martinez and University of Colorado litigator Patrick O'Rourke for the position.
He met last week with each of the three candidates and has sought opinion from sitting justices, business groups, diverse legal groups and public officials.
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Thursday, October 27, 2011
The Denver Post