Retention of Justice Robison of the 21st Judicial District

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By: KKCO Email
All registered voters in the 21st Judicial District are eligible to vote yes or no on this justice retention question.

Justice Valerie Robison

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) - All registered voters in the 21st Judicial District are eligible to vote yes or no on this justice retention question.

Shall Judge Valerie J. Robison of the 21st Judicial District be retained in office?

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The Twenty-First Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Valerie J. Robison BE RETAINED.
Judge Robison was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado, graduating with a B.A. in 1986, and received her law degree from the University of Denver in 1991. In addition to her duties on the bench, Judge Robison volunteers her time in other areas including: providing the keynote address to the Family First graduation, speaking to students at local schools and participating as the Lead Judge for the Twenty-First Judicial District Multi-Disciplinary Team. Given the leadership role that members of the judiciary serve in our community, the members of the Judicial Performance Commission urge our local Judges to provide public service to our community when such service can realistically occur given numerous other life commitments.

Judge Robison was appointed to the bench on June 14, 2007 and began her tenure as a District Court Judge on August 6, 2007. Judge Robison previously worked as Mesa County Assistant County Attorney and Interim Executive Director for the Mesa County Department of Human Services.

Judge Robison was evaluated through the following various methods: attorney surveys, non-attorney surveys, a self-evaluation, courtroom observations by the members of the Commission, review of written decisions issued by Judge Robison and an interview with the Commission. Attorneys graded Judge Robison below the average of other district court judges statewide. Of particular concern to attorneys was Judge Robison's overall application and knowledge of the law and her ability to apply that law to the facts. Additionally, Judge Robison was perceived by attorneys as being significantly more biased for the prosecution versus the defense in criminal cases than other judges statewide. This sample came from 32 total attorneys returning surveys, 18 of which self-identified as criminal defense attorneys. Non-attorneys consistently graded Judge Robison as a high performer whose grades exceeded those of district court judges statewide. Of particular note to non-attorneys was Judge Robison's demeanor, fairness and ability to communicate. Sixty-three percent of attorneys and 96% of non-attorneys recommended that Judge Robison be retained in office.

The Commission determined through Judge Robison’s self-evaluation and interview that she is open to constructive criticism, strives to improve in any areas of weakness. Judge Robison plans to conduct anonymous surveys of attorneys who appear before her as well as to conduct meetings with local attorneys to discuss any areas of concern. Additionally, Judge Robison consults with other local Judges when she has difficult legal questions to decide. The Commission believes that Judge Robison should continue to strive to increase her legal knowledge, particularly in the area of criminal law which makes up 75% of her docket.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2010 at 11:42 AM
    Oops, correction. Judge Robison will sentence Eddy on November 1, 2010 at 10am at the Mesa County Justice Center.
  • by Anonymous Location: Colorado on Oct 26, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    Please vote to retain Judge Robison. Judge Robison sentences criminals to the time that they have earned for their crimes. She will take the criminal off the street. We need Judge Robision and more judges like her. Please note that the ad taken out in the GJ Sentinel on 10/24 that asks you not to retain Judge Robison states it was placed by a J. Zerr, who is Jerry Zerr, friend and supporter of the convicted felon and pedophile Rodney F. Eddy of Mesa, CO. Judge Robison will sentence Eddy on Monday, 11/4. A vote not to retain Judge Robison is a vote to give lenient sentences to pedophiles, rapists, and murders.
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      by anonymous on Aug 18, 2011 at 10:16 PM in reply to
      I don't know how well she does in other cases, but she was so easily manipulated by the opposing attorney in my divorce case. Judge Robinson didn't have a clue and wasn't open to anything but a very limited view that favored the woman. There was clear collusion between the parental evaluator and the wife's attorney, being friends, but Robinson didn't care.
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