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Judge Walker..Masks Required..Unconstitutional

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Mindy Nelsen Sat, Feb 12, 2022

Dear Honorable Judge Doug Walker: I am extremely concerned by your continued wielding of unconstitutional and almost dictatorial powers in your district courts! I am of course speaking of your mandate of forcing the mask issue. Masking is and never has been mandated in Montezuma County. Our Board of County Commissioners decreed early in this pandemic, that masks were not mandated in any part of Montezuma County. Currently, our state Governor, Jared Polis has also lifted this mandate STATE WIDE! My question to you sir, why do you continuously support something that is unconstitutional in that it is NOT A LAW? I recently heard of a troubling and unlawful use of your mandate as it related to a person that was attempting to attend a court hearing that was scheduled for him. This person, constitutionally supported, refused to wear a mask to attend a hearing In the district court in Cortez. I COMPLETELY support his choice and constitutional right to not wear a mask. He was refused entrance into the hearing and was removed from the premises. A bench warrant was then issued for his arrest and this person spent 5 hours in police lock up ( as he turned himself in to prevent further false charges.) The mask mandate IS NOT A LAW so therefore he was wrongly accused and arrested! According to the Colorado Judicial Branch website covid restrictions are up to each court. In the Case of Montezuma County Court it is up to Judge Walker. Walker has shut down jury trials again. This is an Overreach and this must STOP! Regards, MindyNelsen

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Yes I hope all will write an email. A correction needs to go out, letting everyone know Melanie Filener needs the credit on writing this letter and did a fabulous job it!


Thank you Mindy for this letter. we all need to protest this mask mandate by Judge Walker.

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