Vail businessman seeks to reduce judges’ terms |

Vail businessman seeks to reduce judges’ terms

DENVER, Colorado – A Vail salvage lot owner has filed a ballot proposal with the Colorado Legislature to reduce the terms of state Supreme Court justices from 10 years to just two years.

Peter Coulter says the justices have abused their power by trying to circumvent term limits and he wants voters to review their performance every two years.

Coulter says justices are trying to evade term limits by giving their new colleague three years instead of two years to run for retention, after which she would serve 10 years before another vote.

On Friday, Colorado Deputy Attorney General Monica Marie Marquez will be sworn in to fill the vacancy created by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey’s retirement. She’ll be up for retention in 2014, coinciding with the general election.

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