Judge dismisses felony voting case against Colorado Democrat Pete Lee

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A Colorado judge on Friday dismissed a felony case against Democratic state Sen. Pete Lee that alleged lawmakers voted outside the district he lives and represented in 2020, citing misinformation provided to a grand jury prior to Lee’s indictment.

El Paso District Court Judge Eric Bentley found that misleading evidence unwittingly submitted by an investigator from the district attorney’s office led a grand jury to indict Lee on August 3, the Denver Post reports. Bentley said there was no wrongdoing on the part of Republican Michael Allen, who heads the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Lee chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. His attorney, Dan Kaplan, moved to have the charge dismissed, saying incorrect residency information was provided to prosecutors by the state’s Attorney Registry Office. The office then informed prosecutors of the error, Kaplan said.

Lee had asked while the case was pending to be removed from the interim committees on judicial discipline and behavioral health in the criminal justice system.

“I’m very relieved by the decision, and I’m very impressed with the court’s detailed preparation and analysis,” Lee said on Friday.

Lee was elected to represent his district of El Paso County in 2018. He previously served in the House. He is not seeking a second term in November.

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