Colorado’s new misconduct rule: what will the consequences be?

The day was overcast and unseasonably warm. The staff of Colorado’s Judicial Center was professional and friendly. “That’s actually a job?” the front desk receptionist asked when I handed the business card listing my title as the “Denver Private Investigator Blogger,” over the round, dark wood receptionist table.

Indeed it is, I explained and could I schedule a meeting with Attorney General, Cynthia Coffman or one of her media representatives to discuss Rule 8.4 C?

Following its September 28, 2017 announcement, I’ve only heard shocked and horrified responses from the private investigator community. Jesse Paul’s Denver Post article stated “lawyers can now engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation when advising law enforcement officers, investigators or clients during lawful investigative activities. The Colorado Attorney General’s Office says they can’t personally conduct such subterfuge, but can supervise those actions.”

Let that sink in. Attorneys —the ones who
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