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FEEDBACK: Let the Colorado Civil Rights Commission go gently into the night

Author: Colorado Politics - March 1, 2018 - Updated: March 1, 2018

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What Coloradan would think that he would get a fair shake if he were brought before a panel dealing largely in thought-crimes (i.e. the so-called Colorado Civil Rights Commission), which functions as a combination of judge, jury and prosecutor?

Would he be content to know that he would have no jury of his peers to protect him from prosecutorial overreach, and that the U.S. Supreme Court might be his only savior?

Further, what would be his reaction, knowing that the unelected inquisitors on that panel, being appointed by a partisan governor as per state law, each were required to have proverbial axes to grind on issues brought before them?

Other than in a totalitarian state, where else would such blatantly biased jurors be tolerated?

As these travesties of justice describe the fate of unfortunates dragged before the misnamed Civil Rights Commission (and various administrative law courts as well), isn’t it imperative that a stake be driven through the  heart of said commission, and it be allowed to naturally expire, unamended, as per its 2018 “sunset” requirement?

Russell W. Haas
Golden

 


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