Colorado gets D+ grade in 2015 State Integrity Investigation. Ethics Enforcement Agencies Gets a Grade F and Ranks 44th. For Probate Courts F.A.C.E.U.S. feels anything above F is overly generous.

December 1, 2015 by Lulu

In 2012, a ruling by the state Court of Appeals affirming the judicial branch as exempt from some aspects of the Colorado Open Records Act made it even easier for courts to keep secret certain administrative records. In practice this affected one of the state’s biggest recent news events: the death penalty trial of mass murderer James Holmes, who shot up an Aurora movie theater, killing 12 people and wounding 70 others. When reporters wanted to know how much taxpayer money was going to pay for death penalty cases in Colorado, the public defender’s office wouldn’t say — because it didn’t have to.

When it comes to the Colorado Open Records Act, “There’s a huge, gaping hole right now,” said Steve Zansberg, the state’s leading media attorney. “One of the three branches of government is not subject to our open records act by its own ruling.”

Transparency in the legislative branch has also come in for criticism. A May 2015 investigation by Denver’s KUSA 9News found all 100 members of the Colorado Legislature use private e-mails to conduct state business, giving them control over what to release if they get an open records request. “There’s no accountability,” said reporter Jeremy Jojola. “They decide what you get to see.”

F.A.C.E.U.S. feels Colorado should get an F in Probate Court. No oversight what so ever!!! Click on the Link below to look at Colorado 2015 State Integrity investigation.

http://www.publicintegrity.org/2015/11/09/18347/colorado-gets-d-grade-2015-state-integrity-investigation

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