• Mario Nicolais

Martinez decision demonstrates Colorado’s Supreme Court commitment to judicial discipline

The Colorado Supreme Court sent shockwaves through various industry, environmental and political circles when it issued an opinion in COGCC v. Martinez last week.


While the outcome of the decision certainly sparked multiple reactions and set the stage for an epic legislative policy battle, the rationale and reasoning behind the court’s opinion drew scant review.


Coloradans should recognize both good and bad in that dearth of attention.


Most importantly, the opinion penned by Justice Richard Gabriel confirmed that at least one branch of government continues to function in the precise way our system of government prescribes.


Operating as expected isn’t exactly a sexy news topic, but shouldn’t be underrated in a political climate where a government shutdown dominates headlines.


Read the rest of this column in the Colorado Sun.

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