C. Scott Crabtree
|Colorado Seventeenth Judicial District|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Owens|
|Past post:||Deputy District Attorney|
|Law School:||University of Nebraska College of Law|
C. Scott Crabtree is a judge for the Colorado Seventeenth Judicial District Court. He was appointed to this position by Gov. Owens in June of 2001. He was retained in 2010 to a six-year term that ends on December 31, 2016.
Crabtree received his B.A. degree in Political Science in 1968 and his law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1972.
Crabtree has worked as a private practice lawyer, specializing in civil litigation, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado and a Deputy District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District. He then joined the District Court in 2001.
- Main article: Colorado judicial elections, 2010
Judge declares state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
Judge Crabtree denounced Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage on July 9, 2014. Immediately after declaring it to be unconstitutional, however, he stayed his ruling in order to avoid uncertainty pending a federal decision. The judge, in his ruling, noted that the ban "bears no rational relationship to any conceivable government interest." He also wrote, "The existence of civil unions is further evidence of discrimination against same-sex couples and does not ameliorate the discriminatory effect of the Marriage Bans."
Judge balks at state's arguments in support of same-sex marriage banJudge Crabtree heard the attorney general's office argue in support of the Colorado same-sex marriage ban on June 16, 2014, and he made comments that hinted at an unfavorable ruling for the state. Crabtree, pointing to recent decisions across the nation that struck down similar measures and asked, "They all got it wrong? What am I supposed to do then when presented with this? Just punt?" He also disagreed with the state's argument that procreation was key to defining marriage. The judge said his decision would likely be appealed.
- Official biography of Judge C. Scott Crabtree
- Colorado district courts
- Official Colorado 2010 Election Results - Cumulative Report
- Law Week Colorado, Judicial Retention: Sheet1
- Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation, Adams County
- The Denver Post, "Adams judge tosses Colorado gay marriage ban but stays ruling," July 9, 2014
- The Denver Post, "Colorado defends same-sex marriage ban in court," June 16, 2014