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Many words for J.E.

Carolyn Sackariason
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO, Colorado

“I think he had the hardest job in the world, and the hardest part of it was the sentencing. He was an excellent judge and an excellent city councilman.”

” Bob Braudis, Pitkin County sheriff

“He protected us from everybody, angry jurors … or attorneys. People would really want to push the judge, so they’d push us instead. He’d call them up and say, ‘Back off!'”

” Caroline Jemison, Pitkin County court clerk

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“He had heard so many lies and you would not want to try to deceive this guy. He felt you ought to lay yourself out there until you admitted your faults.”

” Sterling Greenwood, publisher, Aspen Free Press

“He took his duty very seriously. He was extremely supportive of staff and complimented them on the record numerous times.”

” Kathryn Koch, Aspen city clerk

“He was great for me because he was particular with warrants. If there was a warrant without dashes on bank account numbers he would send it back. He created a standard here.”

” Ron Ryan, investigator, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office

“It was the first criminal trial in Meeker that I was involved with, and J.E. was the judge. He sat there for the longest time and then he leaned over his bench and said, very quietly, ‘Where’s the defendant?’ I’d forgotten to call the jail and have them bring the defendant in. He could have embarrassed me to death, but he didn’t. That’s just the way he was.”

” Solveig Olson, Rio Blanco County court clerk

“It was one of those civil cases with a bunch of lawyers, a bunch of exhibits and a bunch of witnesses, and it had gone on for a couple of days. J.E.’s up on the bench, and his head’s down, and he’s not moving. And one of the attorneys looks up and says, ‘Excuse me, your honor?’ thinking he was asleep or something. And J.E. said, without looking up, ‘You asked,’ and he quotes the lawyer, ‘And the witness answered,’ and he quotes the witness. And he goes on like that for a minute, then he barks, ‘Now get on with it!’ He saw everything that happened in that courtroom … watched the courtroom like hawk, even when his head was down and it looked like he was asleep.”

” Chip McCrory, former Deputy D.A., now in private practice

“He loved to perform marriages and adoptions … he would hold the babies in his arms, shake hands with the little boys and tease the little girls.”

” Caroline Jemison, Pitkin County court clerk

“When we ran in the 2005 campaign, it was one our very first exchanges on GrassRoots TV and the question came up about the ARC. It was the ARC, the ARC, the ARC. He leaned over to me and asked, ‘What’s the ARC?’ and I said, ‘It’s the Aspen Recreation Center.’ And he said, ‘Oh, I know what that is.”

” Jack Johnson, Aspen City councilman

“He was very committed to people being given the opportunity to change their lifestyles around in terms of substance … because it had worked for him … he made that lifestyle change. He was committed to giving people opportunities and making them take advantage of it. And when they didn’t follow through, he was very strict about it. I remember once, he actually sent somebody to prison because he [the defendant] was not getting it. And that guy, right now, as we speak, is clean and sober. He didn’t like being sent to prison, but he’s clean and sober now.”

” Brad Osborn, director, The Right Door

“He said, ‘Bob, if I saw you, six-foot-six, walking down the Rio Grand Trail with a .357 magnum [pistol] in your hand, I think I’d run, too.'”

Bob Braudis, Pitkin County sheriff (after Braudis had apprehended a suspected rapist in his street clothes)

“His sense of humor was always dry, to the point.”

” Jackie Lothian, Aspen deputy city clerk

“Just recently he mentioned what a great life he had.”

” John Worcester, Aspen city attorney

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