COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - El Paso County Judge Jonathan Walker has chosen to retire instead of face disciplinary proceeding for alleged misconduct according to the Colorado Judicial Department.
Because Judge Walker has agreed to retire from the bench
effective Feb. 15, the Commission requested the dismissal of the
proceedings pending against him. On Feb. 9, the Colorado Supreme Court
approved the recommendation of the Colorado Commission on Judicial
Discipline for the termination of disciplinary proceedings involving
Judge Walker was suspended on Nov. 8, a reason
for his suspension wasn't given. A statement of charges was filed on
Nov. 23. The statement of charges and answers contained multiple claims
The first claim was that Judge Walker engaged in
undignified and disrespectful conduct, including harassment, toward
three female Judicial employees. Judge Walker denied the allegations.
Another claim stated Judge Walker retaliated
against another Judicial staff member once he learned that the staff
member had been interviewed as part of an investigation into his conduct
Judge Walker again denied the allegations and stated he
and the staff member didn't get along and the staff member was a poor
The third claim, Judge Walker improperly modified plea agreements in a
number of cases without informing the parties, violating his duty to
promote confidence in the judiciary and avoid the appearance of
impropriety and unfairness. Judge Walker admitted that he modified plea
agreements but stated that his modification was lawful.
The final claim, Judge Walker failed to
disqualify himself from cases where his personal attorney was
representing a litigant. Judge Walker asserted that he acted in
conformance with his duty to disqualify himself.
Walker is a nine-year veteran of the El Paso County courts.
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