Judge dismisses voting case against Colorado Springs lawmaker, citing erroneous allegation

FILE – Colorado state Sen. Pete Lee directs a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the state Capitol on March 11, 2021, in Denver. An El Paso County grand jury indicted Lee on Aug. 3, 2022, on one count of voting outside the district where he resides in 2020, in violation of state law. An attorney for Lee says Lee vigorously denies the charge. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

COLORADO SPRINGS |  A Colorado judge on Friday dismissed a felony case against Democratic state Sen. Pete Lee that alleged the lawmaker voted outside the district he lives in and represented in 2020, citing erroneous information provided to a grand jury before Lee’s indictment.

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

Lee chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. His attorney, Dan Kaplan, sought dismissal of the charge, stating the wrong residency information was provided to prosecutors by the state Office of Attorney Registration. The office later told prosecutors of the error, Kaplan said.

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

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

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


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Eileen McCarron
Eileen McCarron
1 month ago

Statement that “Pete Lee is not seeking a SECOND term in November” is incorrect. He can’t as he is term-limited.

Last edited 1 month ago by Eileen McCarron