McNulty will take position as magistrate

Will McNulty, 40, who has served as a Colorado public defender in Grand Junction for the past 13 years, was appointed by the county’s top judge to fill Magistrate Jane Westbrook’s position



Attorney Will McNulty, who fights on behalf of some of Mesa County’s highest-profile defendants, will soon find himself on the other side of the bench.

McNulty, 40, who has served as a Colorado public defender in Grand Junction for the past 13 years, was appointed by the county’s top judge to fill Magistrate Jane Westbrook’s position when she retires at the beginning of next year.

Instead of working criminal cases, McNulty will rule on a host of cases, including dependency and neglect, truancy, protection orders, domestic relations, traffic, child support and conservatories.

“I think as a public defender, I’ve always been sensitive that people’s rights are honored,” he said.

McNulty said he will take off the month of December to observe Westbrook in her courtroom.

The county’s three magistrate positions are appointed by Chief Judge David Bottger.


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