Denver Attorney Michael Root – Corrupt defense attorney makes unsubstantiated accusations against his own client, and admits refusal to effectively defend Longmont, CO man falsely accused of ‘Retaliation Against a Judge’.
On the morning of April 21, 2014 Longmont, CO homeowner Craig Buckley sat with his defense attorney, Michael Root, in the coffee shop of the Boulder County Justice Center. In approximately 10 minutes, Buckley was to stand trial in the Boulder County District Court, before Judge Andrew Hartman and a jury of 12, for a single count of ‘Retaliation Against a Judge’.
Buckley had been accused of making a ‘credible threat’ against Weld County Judge James Hartmann (no relation to the above named Judge) when during the course of an arrest on a civil contempt charge issued by the Weld County District Court, Buckley exhorted, “There will be blood!” Buckley had refused to give his former employers the deed to his home, and three years of tax returns, so he was arrested. Authorities would raid Buckley’s home again ten days later, and arrest him for ‘Retaliation Against a Judge’ for the statement made during the first illegal arrest. Hartmann’s name, however, was never mentioned in relation to the “blood” statement.
Neither James Hartmann, nor the Weld County Courts, nor their agents had any lawful right to be on Buckley’s property in the first place. Ten days after the civil contempt arrest, Longmont Police raided Buckley’s home again, and he was arrested on the Class 4 Felony ‘Retaliation’ charge. Evidence had been obtained from Court transcripts and (then) Colorado Department of Labor & Employment Director Ellen Golombek, proving Weld County District Court Chief Judge James Hartmann was criminally complicit in fraud, forgery, and theft perpetrated by Buckley’s former employers in the Weld County District Court case: Buckley v. Dream Stone, Inc. et. al.
Judge James Hartmann would have his revenge.
At issue were three main points at law, all pertaining to Judge James Hartmann’s , or more specifically the Weld County District Court’s surrender of Subject Matter Jurisdiction in Buckley’s civil case:
- James Hartmann violated Statutory procedure by refusing to compel the defendants to participate in the mandatory Rule 16 “meet and confer” to discuss the nature of claims and defenses to be presented at trial. Hartmann purposely facilitated, “trial by ambush”, causing Buckley to be illegally stripped of all evidence, and the Due Process right, to prosecute his wage claim case.
- In criminal conspiracy with the employers’ defense counsel, Daniel T. Goodwin, James Hartmann participated in a, “Fraud upon the Court” scheme in which Buckley was illegally forced to pay attorneys’ fees for the defendants response to a Motion for which no fees were awarded.
- James Hartmann participated in a criminal conspiracy with the civil defendants and their attorney, designed specifically to violate Buckley’s Due Process Rights, in which he knowingly, illegally, and with extreme malice, stripped Buckley of his rights under the Colorado Wage Act § 8-4-101, et seq., C.R.S. to seek an award of accrued wages due upon termination. The defendants had provably, simultaneously sworn before both the Weld County District Court, and the Colorado Division of Labor that NEITHER had jurisdiction over Buckley’s wage claim, because the matter was before the OTHER. Even if true, Hartmann had violated Due Process rights under § 8-4-110(2)., C.R.S, as affirmed in Laurence v. State of Colo. 910 P.2d 73, 74 (Colo. App. 1995):
“The Colorado Court of Appeals has held that an employee was not required to exhaust his administrative remedies under the state statute before bringing suit under the FLSA seeking to recover overtime wages. See Laurence v. State of Colo. 910 P.2d 73, 74 (Colo. App. 1995)(While the administrative proceeding was pending, plaintiff filed suit in the district court, seeking to recover the same overtime wages under both ordinary contract principles and under the FLSA…”). Under the FLSA, an award of liquidated damages is mandatory except where an employer shows it acted in good faith. See Greene v. Safeway Stores, Inc., 210 P.3d 1237, 1245 (10th Cir. 2000). In such a case, the court has discretion to award liquidated damages. Greene, 210 P.3d at 1245.”
Motion after motion, Buckley’s rightful challenges to the Court’s loss of continuing Subject matter Jurisdiction were unlawfully ignored by James Hartmann.
On the morning of April 21, 2014 Craig Buckley once again explained this to his defense attorney. Michael Root angrily bellowed, “I refuse to attack the Judge”.
Having run out of money months before the trial, Buckley had previously attempted to fire Michael Root, when it came to Buckley’s attention that the State of Colorado would now be paying Mr. Root to “investigate” and defend Buckley. Neither the State of Colorado, nor Michael Root would divulge the reason for, or source of the payments, and Michael Root has repeatedly refused to make any documents from the trial available to Buckley. Suspicious? You bet.
This is the point at which Michael Root decided, in criminal conspiracy with Catrina Weigel (whos fraud is the subject of another article), to prejudice the jury, destroy Buckley’s credibility, and conceal James Hartmann’s involvement in crime.
Catrina Weigel Direct Examination re: forgery/fraud upon the Court attorneys’ fees – from the official transcript April 21, 2014
Q Now, if you look in that motion, is there language
from Mr. Buckley directed more towards Your Honor and some
of the actions that you took? And again, in kind of a
Q Can you give some examples of what you’re talking
A (by Hartmann) Yes, I can. Paragraph No. 13 reads: “This Court
having previously denied the Defendant’s request for
attorney’s fees for defending against the Plaintiff’s motion
for consolidation has surreptitiously awarded the
Defendant’s fees for work product pertaining to defense
response to the Plaintiff’s motion for consolidation
fraudulently tacking on fees to a wholly unrelated motion.”
And then paragraph 14 reads “Plaintiff therefore has
absolutely no expectation that this Court will rule in
accordance with either the evidence or the Colorado Rules of
Civil Procedure. This case in actuality ended on
February 24, 2010, the date the Defendant’s criminally
complicit counsel, Daniel T. Goodwin, by fraudulent
affidavit falsified billing for defense against Plaintiff’s
motion for joinder.”
Paragraph 23, “Once again, the Plaintiff must
challenge the judge of this court to explain how $606.50 for
work product preparation of an affidavit attached to the
Defendant’s response to the Plaintiff’s motion for
consolidation can be billed to Defendant’s response to the
Plaintiff’s motion for joinder.”
Q I’d like to focus on some of the orders from
February 2010. Did you order that Mr. Buckley pay
attorney’s fees to Defendants in that case?
A I did.
Q And can you summarize generally why you did that?
A There were several occasions throughout the course
of the case that I issued orders for attorney’s fees, and if
I may look at my file to refresh my memory. You are asking
A I granted the request for attorney’s fees when I
denied Mr. Buckley’s motion to consolidate this case with
another case that was pending in Weld County, another civil
case that was pending in Weld County.
False, and on Cross Examination an uncorrupted defense attorney would have torn Hartmann to shreds. Below is a diagram of the actual occurrence of events in the Weld County District Court.
Daniel T. Goodwin’s Class 4 Felony forgery is well documented on the record of the Weld County District Court. James F. Hartmann’s sworn statement, ” I granted the request for attorney’s fees when I denied Mr. Buckley’s motion to consolidate this case with another case that was pending in Weld County” was FIRST DEGREE PERJURY, and here’s why.
And this, “$606.50 for work product preparation of an affidavit” was an affidavit of Michael P. Matthews, attorney for the plaintiff in Todd Coday v. Dream Stone, Inc. et al. Here Daniel T. Goodwin’s December 18, 2009 response to Buckley’s Motion for Consolidation.
Yet somehow, the Affidavit of Michael P. Matthews ends up being billed to a totally different response: the response to Motion for joinder of Daniel Goodwin and Blaine Bowne, for which fees actually WERE awarded. Even the most corrupt, degenerate, psychopath Judge knows: FORGERY IS FOREVER, and Hartman IS an Accessory.
Weigel would go on, unchallenged by Michael Root, to discredit Buckley for angrily worded motions he had filed after Judge Hartmann had unlawfully, and in contravention of Statutory authority, stripped him of al evidence, and the right to prosecute his wage claim, a mere 16 hours before he had been commanded to appear for deposition. The defendants had sworn simultaneously before both the Court, and the Division of Labor, that neither had jurisdiction over Buckley’s wage claim, because the matter was before the other: and Hartmann knew it.
Under C.R.S. 8-4-110(2) Any person claiming to be aggrieved by violation of any provisions of this article or regulations prescribed pursuant to this article may file suit in any court having jurisdiction over the parties without regard to exhaustion of any administrative remedies.
Catrina Weigel Direct Examination re: forgery/fraud upon the Court – discovery – from the official transcript April 21, 2014
Q In paragraph 17 how does he refer to the Court
A Paragraph 17 reads “Plaintiff furthers asserts
that denying discovery requests No. 1, No. 5, No. 10, No. 14
and No. 19 constitutes abuse of discretion by this court and
denial of the Plaintiff’s due process rights. The
Plaintiff’s case is now fatally damaged and the Plaintiff
will not submit to the jurisdiction of a sham court as any
prosecution of the Plaintiff’s claims is no longer
Q Can you just go back and tell us a little bit
about what he’s referring to in terms of denying discovery
A Mr. Buckley had filed a request for discovery, and
there were several paragraphs, and I issued an order in June
of 2010, 20th or 22nd of June. I granted some of his
requests for discovery and I denied others. And that’s what
this paragraph is referring to is that particular order.
A diligent defense attorney, once again, would have ripped Hartmann to shreds. Hartmann knew the defendants had lied to the Court, and Hartmann knew his actions were in violation of Due Process rights, and by merely referencing the discovery requests numerically, rather than admitting that the requested timecard evidence, corroborated by Buckley’s check stub evidence would prove forgery and felony attempt to influence a public servant by the civil defendants. Hartmann is now criminally complicit.
But Michael Root wasn’t done, even with all the omissions, perjury, and concealment of exculpatory evidence, Root still had work to do to further discredit his client.
Michael Root Cross Examination – from the official transcript April 21, 2014
“You would agree with me that the odds are a lawyer probably wouldn’t include that language in a pleading…. and that’s because if the lawyer wanted to continue practicing in front of Your Honor that probably
would not be a real wise thing to put in there.” – Michael Root
Q Would you agree with me that in the
pleadings Mr. Buckley on occasion would make allegations
that were sort of out there, I mean, not really based on
facts as far as the case was concerned?
Q So kind of making these — and you would agree
with me that stating that you are totally on the side of the
Defendants and you’re corrupt, those are pretty wild
allegations based on your history that really aren’t
A I would agree with that, yes.
Oh, on this Exhibit 7, was there anything else
attached to this when you got it?
Q There was, like, a big pile of pleadings and
documentation saying why you should fix this based on the
A Yes. He filed miscellaneous paperwork with that
And HERE is the evidence, the “miscellaneous paperwork” proving multiple felony acts by Dream Stone, Inc. and their attorney, known to have been in “Judge” James Hartmann’s possession for over two years before Buckley’s home was illegally raided by the Weld County District Court for refusing to cooperate with the criminally complicit Chief Judge of the Weld County District Court. Concealed from the jury by prosecutor Catrina Weigel, District Attorney Stan Garnett, and defense attorney Michael Root.
And here is the result: Buckley was unlawfully stripped of all relevant evidence to prosecute his wage claim.
Corrupt Judge Hartmann, now up to his ass in felonies, had to get out. The jury didn’t hear a word about Judge James Hartmann aiding and abetting fraud, forgery, and theft, but the evidence was certainly there. Even after Ron Murphy, VP of Dream Stone, Inc. CONFESSED Class 4 felony Attempt to Influence a Public Servant in sworn testimony before Judge John Briggs of the Weld County Court, years before, Hartmann Continued to attack for, and degenerate defense attorney Michael Root would do NOTHING.
Defense attorney Michael Root continued –
Q You would agree with me that the odds are a
lawyer probably wouldn’t include that language
in a pleading…. and that’s because if the lawyer
wanted to continue practicing in front of Your
Honor that probably would not be a real wise
thing to put in there.
A I agree.
That pretty much sums up the level of representation Buckley was to expect.
So why did Denver attorney Michael Root allow First Degree Perjury form the Chief Judge of the Weld County District Court? He knew he’d BETTER, if he ever wanted to practice law in Colorado again.
The prosecution’s case depended almost wholly on Court pleadings from the civil case over three years earlier, and having nothing to do with the actual statement made during the civil contempt arrest. Weigel’s ONLY strategy was to make Buckley appear to be an irrational, unhinged idiot. The only way to do that was through unsubstantiated allegations, and concealment of the actual facts and evidence. Corrupt defense attorney Michael Root, now being paid by the State of Colorado, was only too happy to comply.
Craig Buckley expressed this closing thought: “If you’re thinking about hiring this degenerate, amoral Michael Root cocksucker: look somewhere else. Unless it’s in his personal interest to defend you effectively, your life will likely be destroyed like mine was.”
Judge Andrew Hartman would later rule on Buckley’s pro-se Motion for Mistrial, calling Michael Root’s concealment of exculpatory evidence and subornation of Felony perjury by James Hartmann, “Trial Strategy”.