Saturday, September 8, 2007

Prosecutor sways judge

Fri Sep 7, 10:31 PM ET

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - A former prosecutor faces up to a three-year suspension of her law license after admitting to having sex at the Douglas County courthouse with a judge before whom she prosecuted at least two cases.

Laurie Hurst, 29, admitted misconduct and agreed to a three-year suspension, with the understanding she would serve only serve six months with the rest of the suspension stayed upon successful completion of 2 1/2 years of probation, according to documents submitted Thursday to the Colorado Supreme Court's Presiding Disciplinary Judge William Lucero.

Lucero will decide whether to accept the recommendation from a panel of lawyers.

Hurst, previously known as Laurie Steinman, was fired on Dec. 22. Grafton M. Biddle, 57, resigned his position after Hurst was fired.

A complaint filed in April said the affair began in the spring of 2006. Both admit to having sex in the judge's chambers and "on a number of occasions Judge Biddle would `sneak' into the women's shower facilities in the courthouse early in the morning," the complaint said.

A message left after business hours for Hurst was not immediately returned.

Allegations of misconduct in Hurst's case include misuse of judicial officer chambers, disrepute upon the judiciary and the district attorney's office, and potential tainting of bias in the two trials.

Biddle's case is still pending.


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