Office of the State Court Administrator
Gerald A. Marroney
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2001
State Court Administrator
Mary J. Mullarkey, Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court released the
Legal Counsel following statement today.
Troy C. Singleton “On September 21, 2001, I temporarily removed Judge Jesse Manzanares of
________ Trinidad, Colorado, from his position as Chief Judge of the 3rd Judicial District. I
did so because he was allegedly the source of false allegations concerning Judge
Claude Appel and Judge Robert Haeger of Walsenberg and other judicial
Nancy E. Rutledge
Court Services employees. I intend to have this matter investigated as expeditiously as possible.
Mary Flanigan Otto If in fact he is the source of false accusations, I am required by the Code of Judicial
Conduct to refer such conduct by Judge Manzanares to the Commission on Judicial
James G. Benway Discipline for its investigation and recommendations. Matters pending before the
Commission are confidential; therefore, I cannot discuss this matter further.
Robert T. Roper, CIO
Integrated Information Services In the meantime, I have assigned Judge Norman Arends of the 15th Judicial District
Sherry Kester to assume the administrative duties of Chief Judge for the district.
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All judges and employees in the 3rd Judicial District have been asked to refrain from
Probation Services any comment concerning these matters. I directed this to insure that a fair and
complete investigation could be undertaken.”
Melinda A. Taylor Contact: Kim Morss
Elizabeth B. Strong 303-861-1111 ext 4583
1301 Pennsylvania Street, Suite 300, Denver, Colorado 80203
Phone: (303) 861-1111 • (800) 888-0001 • Fax: (303) 837-2340
Web site: http://www.courts.state.co.us