Letters to the Editor

Clear the Bench clears up inaccuracy

Dear Editor,

I enjoyed reading the article on last week’s Lincoln Club luncheon in the most recent Colorado Statesman. It’s always interesting to read a journalist’s perspective on events that one has witnessed in person — sometimes there is even a significant degree of overlap between published accounts and personal recollections.

Although it may be true that “any publicity is good publicity,” I’m writing to correct a mischaracterization in your article that I hope was the result of a misunderstanding, and not an example of reportorial basis or lack of journalistic ethics.

You characterized Clear The Bench Colorado as “a committee devoted to ousting every member of the Colorado Supreme Court.” This is NOT accurate.

As I mentioned Wednesday, and have emphasized in a large number of public appearances, Clear The Bench Colorado does NOT advocate “ousting every member” — just the bad ones who have made a practice of failing to adhere to their sworn duty to uphold the Colorado Constitution. As it happens, this DOES include “every member of the Colorado Supreme Court” — Justices Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, Nancy Rice and Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, who I mentioned by name — who happen to be up for retention in November 2010.

As I also mentioned at the Lincoln Club luncheon, I hold certain Supreme Court justices — one in particular, also named (Justice Allison Eid) as well as judges at the appellate court level (Judge Christina Habas, for example) — in high regard, because they uphold the rule of law.

Characterizing Clear The Bench Colorado as reflexively “anti-judge” is inaccurate and smacks of partisan bias. I hope that you will take the opportunity to correct your article, and in the future, please feel free to contact me with any questions in advance of publication.

Respectfully,
Matt Arnold
www.clearthebenchcolorado.org