ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — In a stunning order that the Colorado Supreme Court released on Friday, the justices accepted the resignation of Arapahoe County District Court Judge Natalie T. Chase for racist behavior, workplace misconduct and name-calling toward a fellow judge.
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"You acknowledge that your use of the N-word does not promote public confidence in the judiciary and creates the appearance of impropriety," the court wrote to Chase in an unsigned decision. "Although not directed at any person, saying the N-word has a significant negative effect on the public’s confidence in integrity of and respect for the judiciary."
Chase is a 2014 appointee of then-Gov. John Hickenlooper. She previously was a criminal defense, domestic relations and estate planning attorney. As a judge in the 18th Judicial District of Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties, she handled domestics relations cases.
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