Colorado Supreme Court memo: Other branches of government to pick investigators

The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the other branches of state government to choose independent investigators to dig into allegations that a $2.5 million contract was the result of a threatened tell-all lawsuit.

Chief Justice Brian Boatright called on the Legislature and Gov. Jared Polis to decide who will examine allegations of undisciplined sexual harassment within the judiciary that are laid out in a two-page memo at the center of the contract controversy.

“We’re disappointed and absolutely heartbroken by this situation, and nobody wants these investigations to go forward more than I do,” Boatright said in a release.

Former Judicial Department Chief of Staff Mindy Masias was given a judicial training contract in 2019 just after she threatened a sex discrimination lawsuit that would illustrate how a number of male judges and other high-level department officials were allowed to get away with a variety of harassing conduct, former State Court Administrator Christopher Ryan Masias told The Denver Post.

She had faced termination for financial irregularities.

The illicit conduct was described in a two-page memo authored by then-Human Resources Director Eric Brown. The contract was canceled following a Denver Post investigation into the deal in July 2019, but the memo remained secret until Ryan disclosed to The Post that the contract and memo were tied together.

The Court has denied the contract was to keep allegations of misconduct quiet.

The memo allegations involve justices of the state Supreme Court, judges of the Colorado Court of Appeals, district court chief judges, and chiefs of probation at a variety of judicial districts.

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