Seize control from lawyers, league says

Kill all the lawyers, or at least don’t hire them to defend you in court.

That, at least, is the goal of two Denver-area men who founded a little-known group called the Anti-Lawyer League of the United States.

Trenton Parker of Brighton and Earl Brauch of Lakewood have submitted four proposed initiatives for next year’s ballot, one of which would be called the Freedom From Lawyers Initiative.

That proposed measure would allow “all individuals and corporate entities” to retain anyone to represent them as legal counsel before a court, regardless of whether they have a law degree.

Brauch said it all is a matter of common sense.

“We’re tired of the attorneys running the entire deal, and very frankly, how poorly they’ve done,” Brauch said. “Look at the asset theft that has become massive. The only way, I guess, that you can get ahead with a law firm is asset theft. Anytime you have any kind of a cabal-like thing going on, for example, with the oil people, the attorneys are involved in that as well. That never ends up being fair to all parties.”

Brauch and Parker also want to reverse a 1966 voter-approved law that ended the direct election of judges. Under that law, nominating commissions, which are selected by the governor, chose three candidates for each opening on the bench. The governor selects one person from that group.

The amendment was intended to take election politics out of judicial selections, but Brauch said all it really did was put it in the hands of a select few.

“It took politics out of it, which is what they wanted, but then it put in favoritism, and I guess what you would say is a good ol’ boys club,” he said. “When you look at what’s going on in our country ... wow. These guys have blown it so bad it looks like they’ve engineered it. It’s like a real bad Hollywood movie. Politics needs to be into it.”

The remaining two measures are designed to guarantee jury trials in all cases before the courts and to bar any special protections for government workers.

Each were reviewed by the nonpartisan Colorado Legislative Council and the Office of Legislative Legal Services, the first stop for any proposed ballot question.

The two offices said the four proposals are nothing more than ballot titles and include no details about how each would work.


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