Denver, CO – On April 13, 2017, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a bill that allows the public to know if an employer steals wages from his or her workers. The wage theft bill was sponsored in the Colorado Senate by former Weld County Sheriff and known felon, Colorado State Senator John Cooke. Colorado State Senator John Cooke, represents Colorado Senate District 13 which includes most of Weld County including Greeley, Evans, Milliken, LaSalle, Gilcrest, Platteville and Fort Lupton. The law allows citizens to find out if they’re doing business with, or considering a job with, an offender. More on this topic HERE.
According to a Boulder County District Attorney’s Office investigation, and statements made by Weld County District Court Chief Judge James F. Hartmann during the course of the investigation, State Senator John Cooke, during his term as Weld County Sheriff, actively engaged in the concealment, aiding, abetting, and compounding of wage theft by former employers of Longmont, CO homeowner, Craig Buckley. John Cooke also authorized a years-long campaign of stalking and harassment of Buckley by Weld County Sheriff’s Deputies.
“After the lien was placed on Buckley’s house, Judge Hartmann received a handwritten note from Buckley. The note was written in Sharpie on a piece of paper and stated, “Hartmann you need to fix this now.” This was turned over to the Weld County Sheriffs Department. They turned it over to the District Attorney’s Office, but the District Attorney’s Office did not file charges. Judge Hartmann stated this was in 2009 or 2010, and he stated that it would be contained in the case filefor the civil case.”
But this statement did not pertain to filing criminal charges against the civil Defendants and their criminally complicit attorney, Daniel T. Goodwin. It pertained to filing charges against Buckley, for presenting irrefutable evidence of the civil Defendants’ commission of Class 4 Felony Attempt to Influence a public Servant to Judge James Hartmann in a manner which offended James Hartmann’s delicate sensibilities.
What had been concealed by all criminally complicit government actors in this case, is that the so-called, “note was written in Sharpie” was, in fact a 3″x3″ 3M Post-It note. The idea that this written correspondence could be a free-floating, free-range, sticky Post-it Note, attached to nothing, and having no further context than the statement which it contained, HAD TO BE CONCEALED to protect the reputation and career of Judge James Hartmann. Boulder County Chief Deputy District Attorney Catrina Weigel would later refer to this label, on direct examination of Judge James Hartman before the Boulder County District Court as a, “LETTER” from Buckley: what the Post-It Note label was attached to, and referenced, was concealed.
State Senator (former Weld County Sheriff) John Cooke had been in possession of evidence irrefutably proving the civil Defendants had committed Class 4 Felony Attempt to Influence a Public Servant, and Fraud Upon the Court since April 4, 2011. Upon receipt of the felony evidence, and in concealment of Judge James Hartmann’s criminal complicity, John Cooke immediately initiated years-long campaign of harassment, terrorism, and intimidation tactics against the victim. State Senator John Cooke has concealed, aided, abetted, compounded, and been criminally complicit in wage theft and the obstruction of prosecution, and the harassment and malicious prosecution of Longmont, CO homeowner Craig Buckley, through July 18, 2017.
This commentary was originally published to the official government Facebook post: Senator Cooke’s Biweekly Newsletter, dated March 23, 2018, asserting the First Amendment Right to seek redress of grievances by government officials through their taxpayer maintained (public) Facebook page. Visit the John Cooke for Colorado SD 13Facebook page to tell John Cooke what you think, more importantly, tell State Senator John Cooke what you think of his criminal acts at the polls on November 6, 2018.