Court of Appeals Judge Suspended

Complaint alleges sexual harassment, racist remark and conflict of interest

The Colorado Supreme Court has suspended Court of Appeals Judge Laurie Booras while the Commission on Judicial Discipline investigates a complaint against her. Based on past annual reports from the commission, both the investigation itself and the nature of the allegations are seemingly rare.

The Denver Post detailed the allegations against Booras in a March 30 article, based on a copy of the complaint provided by John Sakowicz, a man claiming to be Booras’ former lover. Sakowicz accused Booras of sexually harassing him and stalking his family after their affair ended, including sending a “crude” drawing to his home and threatening to expose their affair to Sakowicz’s wife.

Sakowicz’s complaint included other types of allegations such as making a racist remark about a fellow Court of Appeals judge and failing to recuse herself from a case in which she might have had a conflict of interest.

“Given the national awareness of sexual harassment, as demonstrated by the #MeToo movement, I am enclosing a few examples of unsolicited emails of a sexual nature from Judge Booras,” Sakowicz wrote in the complaint, according to the Denver Post’s report.

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