Judge charged with threatening crime loses leadership post

DENVER (AP) – A Colorado state judge was removed from his leadership post after being charged with a felony threat on Saturday.

5th Judicial District Chief Justice Mark Thompson is charged with using a live or simulated weapon in the suspected July 25 threatening incident, which was investigated by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation , according to limited online court records.

The case was listed as removed from public view and documents detailing the allegations against Thompson were not immediately available. There was no written order as to why the case was dropped. Such orders have been required in Colorado since May, the Denver Post reported.

A message left with Thompson’s attorney was not returned on Monday.

Online files show a protection order was granted on Saturday. They generally demand that those arrested stay away from their alleged victim (s).

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Brian Boatright on Saturday appointed Justice Paul Dunkelman as the interim chief justice of the district, which includes Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties, while the Criminal case against Thompson is pending.

Thompson is on paid leave and will resume his duties as a judge upon his return, judicial spokesperson Rob McCallum said on Sunday.

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