At­tor­ney says judge’s ex made base­less al­le­ga­tions

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Kirk Mitchell

An at­tor­ney for Colorado Ap­peals Court Judge Lau­rie Booras said she gave her res­ig­na­tion re­cently af­ter writ­ing two re­gret­table mes­sages out of thou­sands to her mar­ried lover over the course of 10 years.

Booras wrote a let­ter Jan. 2 to Colorado Supreme Court Jus­tice Nathan Coats, say­ing she will step down Jan. 31. Her let­ter came two weeks af­ter a dis­ci­pline re­view panel rec­om­mended Bo­ras’ re­moval from of­fice.

“Be­fore these al­le­ga­tions, Judge Booras had a long, honor­able and dis­tin­guished ca­reer ex­clu­sively spent serv­ing the pub­lic,” her at­tor­ney, David Beller, wrote in an email to The Den­ver Post. “To heal a dam­aged male ego, John Sakowitz set out to ruin Judge Booras’ life by mak­ing up many sala­cious and base­less al­le­ga­tions.”

A state-led investigation de­ter­mined that Booras did not stalk or ha­rass Sakowitz in any way, Beller said.

“The rec­om­men­da­tion made by the panel ad­dressed only the words of Judge Booras as ev­ery other ac­cu­sa­tion lacked cred­i­bil­ity and, frankly, were lies,” Beller said.

De­spite Booras’ res­ig­na­tion, the state Supreme Court could for­mally re­move her from of­fice, said Rob Mc­cal­lum, spokesman for the state court ad­min­is­tra­tor’s of­fice.

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