Denver magistrate denies making advances
DENVER ” A part-time Denver magistrate accused of making advances toward a woman who appeared in his courtroom denied the allegations during a disciplinary hearing.
Robert E. Gilbert, who also works in Eagle County, is accused of sending the woman a written note, leaving telephone messages for her and then destroying his phone records. Prosecutors are seeking a suspension for Gilbert, which could range from 30 days to three years.
Gilbert, testifying in a hearing Monday before the state Supreme Court’s disciplinary judge, called the allegations “a bogus lie.”
His attorney, Fred Bibik, said Gilbert loves his wife and has an impeccable reputation in his 33 years of legal practice.
“Why would he risk everything for a dalliance with a small-claims litigant?” Bibik said.
Rena Rodriguez filed a complaint against Gilbert with the Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, claiming that on the day she had a hearing before Gilbert, he sent her a message on a yellow sticky note saying, “Will you see me? Yes or No.”
Prosecutors accused Gilbert of leaving phone messages for Rodriguez later that day saying: “My name is Bob, I’m trying to reach Rena. If this is the right phone number, please call me.”
Gilbert said there were no sticky notes at my desk and that he never uses them. He said he was trying to contact Rodriguez to put her in touch with a mediation group. He denied destroying his phone records.
Rodriguez appeared in Gilbert’s courtroom on Sept. 26, 2005, for a lawsuit against her by Infinite Flooring, a company she had hired to remodel her kitchen. She lost her case.
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