In the Matter of Kamada.
2020 CO 83. No. 19SA266. Judicial Discipline—Sanctions.
December 7, 2020
In this judicial disciplinary proceeding, the Supreme Court considered the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline’s (Commission) recommendation that now-former District Court Judge Ryan L. Kamada be sanctioned by public censure for numerous violations of the Colorado Code of Judicial Conduct that occurred while he was serving as a judicial officer.
The Commission’s recommendation concluded that Kamada’s conduct violated the following provisions of the Code: Canon 1, Rule 1.1(A) (requiring a judge to comply with the law), Rule 1.2 (requiring a judge to act in a manner that promotes public confidence in the judiciary), and Rule 1.3 (prohibiting abuse of the prestige of a judicial office); Canon 2, Rule 2.9 (prohibiting ex parte communications), and Rule 2.10 (prohibiting judicial statements on pending cases); and Canon 3, Rule 3.5 (prohibiting the intentional disclosure of nonpublic judicial information).
The Court held that the Commission properly found that Kamada’s actions violated numerous provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Had Kamada not already resigned his position, removal from office would have been an appropriate sanction for his misconduct. Because he has resigned, the Court agreed with the Commission’s recommendation that Kamada should be publicly censured.