Denver County Judge John Marcucci is a straightforward man.
When asked why Diet Coke is his favorite beverage, he said, “because it doesn’t have any calories, and it tastes good.”
He is equally unequivocal in how he feels about what it takes to be a good judge in his court, which shoulders an average annual caseload dealing with 200,000 individuals. It is the highest of any court in the entire state. Many come without lawyers and are repeat visitors — a mix of well-adjusted adults and others dealing with poverty, addiction or mental illness.
“If you’re comfortable in that milieu, then you’d make a good county court judge,” Marcucci said. “If you want to deal with the great legal issues of the time, this is not the place for you.”

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