Hon. John L. Kane See Rating Details
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Average Rating:6.3 - 9 rating(s)
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*Temperament:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Scholarship:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Industriousness:   (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
*Ability to Handle Complex Litigation:    (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Punctuality:    (1=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. John L. Kane


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 32795
Judge Kane was at one time one of the greatest judges we had here in Colorado. Anywhere, frankly.

And then, soon thereafter, one of the absolute worst. Chiefly because he would not admit an apparent sleeping problem. It would appear that since that "disability," he has rebounded.

The earlier period is well documented. The bad just as well documented, oddly because he tried to not pay taxes on his disability retirement. 43 F.3d 1446. For sleep apnea.

It was well known. You had to knock the microphone to wake him up. It was awful. He would wake up in a mood. Saying you took up his time.

And then he got better. And apparently he is still doing well. I hope he does well for the rest of his life. But what he did during that period. He should never forget.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4455
Living off his past laurels. Lazy--years to decide motions despite reduced docket. Makes up his mind and fits facts and law to fit result regardless of precedent. Favors plaintiffs and lawyers he likes. Needs to retire and get on to other interests.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4289
Pro defense judge. Smart guy. Strongly opposed to War on Drugs


Comment #: 3368
Rating:Not Rated
Be still, my beating heart! A judge with some semblance of integrity -- a rarity in these troubled times. This confession, as published in yesterday's WashPost, is worth its weight in gold: "[Kane] sat on the 10th Circuit Judicial Council when the first complaint about a judge came up for consideration: A district judge was trying to coerce counsel into establishing a library on product liability cases in honor of the judge. Judge Kane's e-mail is worth quoting at length. He voted for discipline. The vote was 3 to 3, "and so the Chief Judge voted against sustaining the complaint because it was the first such complaint and he thought a close vote was too slender a reed upon which to proceed. As we were leaving the meeting, one of the judges who had voted to dismiss collared me and said, 'John, think about it. The next time it could be you or me. We've got to stick together.'"

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1876
Rating:Not Rated
It is only a matter of political winds that this judge did not end up on the Tenth Circuit or even the Supreme Court. At this stage of his brilliant judicial career, he should be an appellate judge. Even as a senior judge, he takes on a great number of cases. The most scholarly of local judges. At one point he had problems during trial, but now he is as good as it gets. Has high expectations of lawyers, and does not suffer fools all that well. Let's hope he gets the appellate position he deserves.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 1797
Knowledgeable, fair, witty, perfect judicial demeanor