Retiring Colorado Supreme Court Justice impacted Colorado's initiative process
By Kyle Maichle
DENVER, Colorado: Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey of the Colorado Supreme Court, who recently announced that she is not seeking another 10-year term on the court, was criticized by Denver Post opinion columnist Vincent Carroll over her interpretations in rulings involving the state's initiative process.
Carroll's criticism over Mullarkey's views on the initiative process came from a controversial 2006 ruling in which the state's highest court threw out an ballot measure passed by anti-illegal immigration advocates. Carroll felt that the court incorrectly interpreted the state's single-subject rule. Carroll also asserted that the Colorado Supreme Court's rulings on the state's initiative process, particularly with regard to the single-subject rule, were inconsistent over Mullarkey's time as Chief Justice of the court.