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Archives for April 5, 2010

Resource: Colorado Appellate Courts, Library on the Move

If you ambled down Broadway today in hopes of doing a little legal research at the Colorado Supreme Court Library, you were no doubt surprised to discover that the lights were off and nobody was home. That’s because as of Monday, April 5, the library has closed its doors to the public to prepare for the move up the street to its temporary digs in the Denver Newspaper Agency Building.

The move comes in advance of construction of the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Complex, a $295 million, state-of-the-art judicial campus that will house the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court Library, and the District Attorney’s Office, as well as a variety of judicial and legal offices.

The Supreme Court and Court of Appeals will close at noon on Friday, April 16, and move over the weekend. Both courts will re-open for business on Monday, April 19, in temporary courtrooms on the first floor of the Denver Newspaper Agency Building, located at 101 W. Colfax Avenue. The Supreme Court Library will reopen on April 19 as well, in new space located on the first floor (Suite A) of the building.

Additional details about the move are available here.

The new justice complex is named in honor of Colorado Governor Ralph L. Carr (pictured), who presided over the state during the contentious wartime period from 1939 to 1943. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Granada, Colorado, became “host” of Japanese-American citizens whose property and rights were stripped during a widespread fever of anti-Japanese nationalism. For purposes of “containment,” they were detained in internment camps in land-locked states until after the end of World War II.

In a 1942 letter to U.S. Attorney Thomas J. Morrissey, Carr wrote:

Colorado has no alien land law. This state bows to those principles of American government which give to American citizens the right to move freely from place to place, to earn a living as they deem fit or as circumstances allow, unhampered in their movements as individuals. The suggestion that an American citizen should be seized, deprived of his liberty, or otherwise placed under restraint without charge of misconduct and a hearing is unthinkable.

Carr’s opposition to the federal internment camp policy likely cost the governor his political career; he was unable to secure the support of the Republican Party in his bid for re-election and was passed over in favor of John Charles Vivian, who went on to win the governor’s race in 1942. He then ran for U.S. Senate but was defeated by his Democratic opponent.

As an outspoken critic of racial discrimination, Governor Carr is remembered today for his moral courage in taking the then politically unpopular stance that all Americans, no matter their ethnic or racial extraction, are entitled to tolerance and the basic rights and protections afforded to all U.S. citizens.  The justice complex dedicated in his honor will open in 2014.

To see models and learn more details of the state-of-the-art, $295 million justice center, see here and here.