Hon. Robert E. Blackburn See Rating Details
District Judge See Comments
D.Colo.  
Average Rating:6.5 - 30 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. Robert E. Blackburn


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Litigant

Comment #: 22107
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge blackburn hates plaintiff and will do any treason against the USA constitution to have who he wants to win the case to Win.He has no problem abusing moinor children or violence against women and the USA Constitution. Which is sadism.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 18666
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Good old boy Republican judge. Between Krieger and Brimer, the federal court in Colorado has become a Plaintiff's nightmare. Never thought I'd see the day in Colorado when Plaintiffs file in state court to avoid these 3 judges, only to have the Defendants remove to federal court, knowing that if they draw one of these 3 judges, their Motions for Summary Judgment will be granted. Anyone notice how you never see a jury trial in his court where the Plaintiff is an individual and the Defendant is a corporation?

Other

Comment #: 11634
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Knew this judge as a child. He was a hard-working, serious student, excellent football player, pretty decent guy. As a judge he has gotten "too big for his britches" in some of his attitudes, no doubt because, as the old saying says, "power corrupts." He believes certain laws do not apply to him, such as driving under the influence; claims the cops will just take him home because it's "bad business" to try to prosecute a person in his position. That ain't equal justice under the law, folks. Nevertheless, he is a good citizen overall. And he is NOT a Democrat as shown on his profile, he is a conservative Republican.

Other

Comment #: 10631
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Blackburn''s ruling is an affront and an insult to every brave American who has earned the right to wear this nation''s medals for valor.

Other

Comment #: 10548
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Regarding his brilliant decision on the "Stolen Valor Act" only an ACLU Weasel would interpret the law in the manner he ajudicated this case. He certainly doesn''t understand the "spirit" of the law! One more crap decision that undermines the public''s faith in an "independant" judiciary.

Other

Comment #: 10535
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Stolen Valor act.. he may as well pissed on the flag. to dishonor our service men and women like that is a disgrace were dose one grow the balls to make a ruling like that it must me tainted water... couse we know brains had nothing to do with it...

Other

Comment #: 10521
Rating:1.0
Comments:
His opinion on the Stolen Valor act is a slap to all of us whe served and spilled our blood. Thank you for your support for protecting the "Dishonored".... Thanks "Your Honor" for pissing on justice! Thanks for creating law from the bench! NOT YOUR JOB!

Other

Comment #: 10520
Rating:Not Rated
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I guess as a twenty year veteran of the U.S. Navy, I would like to see his Honor go into the engine room of an aircraft carrier and run a 1200 psi. steam plant. He can't, imagine that. So in light of his ruling in the case of stolen valor, I guess the first amendment protects my right to don a black robe, carry a gavel and sit in his chair and make rulings in his court right? No?! If that is the case, his Honor is acting more like a piece of garbage than an honorable Judge.

MM1(SS/SW) Ret. (really)

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 9898
Rating:4.5
Comments:
Decent judge for complex civil litigation, except that he takes forever to rule on MTDs.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: 9121
Rating:8.6
Comments:
JUDGE BLACKBURN HANDLED MY CASE IN A VERY PROFESSIONAL MANNER. HE QUESTIONED THE DISTRICT ATTY. ON THINGS THAT DID NOT ADD UP. HE IS A JUDGE THAT HEARS BOTH SIDES OF A CASE

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 8926
Rating:8.2
Comments:
An excellent jurist who knows how to run the courtroom. Fairly smart with a good sense of humor. Doesn't take himself too seriously. Can be too much of a stickler for procedure, but it may be necessary because of unprepared lawyers.

Litigant

Comment #: 8374
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Blackburn is great example of why the system is no longer a justice system but a broken legal system and a good cause for forum shopping which only jams up other courts. He has no regard for the law, ignores evidence, rules for big corporations no matter how much evidence is against them or how many millions of consumers are affected by the case. He is anti-consumer, anti-plaintiff, and discriminates against average middle-class Americans. The merits of the case mean nothing to this narcissist. Cares more about clearing his docket than doing his job. Lazy and slow. A disgrace to the robe.

Other

Comment #: 8327
Rating:10.0
Comments:
First and foremost a very fair judge. He listens to all parties involved in the case, and gives an abundance of fair time for both sides. He is respectful, and has a good sense of right and wrong. Does not think he's better than anyone in the courtroom. He handles his courtroom in a very professional manner.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 7589
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This is a great judge for settlements.

Court Staff

Comment #: 7459
Rating:9.9
Comments:
A man of character and principle, not swayed by personal opinion, politics, or mood. He is fair, respectful, and kind to each and every person who steps foot into his courtroom. Moreover, he is intelligent and thoughtful. I have never met a more principled man or jurist.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5418
Rating:2.0
Comments:
An average trial judge that thinks highly of himself. He likes to quiz other lawyers to show his superiority on rules of evidence and procedure...as if sitting on the bench was not enough to prove his prowess. Decisions are slow, slow, slow. Decisions are sparsely researched, and then only for cases that support the result that he wants to reach. Defense-oriented. Judge Blackburn thinks he is smarter, better and closer to God than anyone in a trial, which is an unfortunately all-too-common affliction with most of the judges in the District of Colorado. He has his good days during trials, but there is always the problem with his decisions and judicial attitude.

Other

Comment #: 5237
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I served as a juror. During the trial I thought he was fair and even-handed. Eighteen months after the trial he threw out our verdict. This judge is a disgrace. His reasons for granting a new trial were based on conjecture and false assumptions. The jury system is the bedrock of the rule of law. Judge Blackburn did not like the outcome of the trial and found a convoluted reason to subvert the legal system. He insulted the jury and has no respect for the system. Beware if you are unlucky enough to draw this judge. The only voice he listens to is his own. Even if you win he may decide that you lose!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 5065
Rating:2.0
Comments:
He believes that he is both judge and jury. As only a Bush appointee could be, he is the ultimate example of the white man in charge making sure that the white man stays in charge. Women beware. Plaintiffs beware. This man sets all minorities back a hundred years.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 4995
Rating:3.6
Comments:
A pedantic martinet with deep-seated issues and barely-concealed hostility toward plaintiffs. A total disaster as a judge.

Prosecutor

Comment #: 4936
Rating:9.1
Comments:
Absolutely superb trial judge. Extremely fair and always allows both sides a full and fair opportunity to be heard on every issue. A true evidence scholar. I can't say enough good things about having a trial in front of Judge Blackburn.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4342
Rating:7.6
Comments:
Runs a very efficient docket. Bright capable law clerks and staff.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 4287
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Good judge. Polite, firm, no nonsense

Other

Comment #: 4153
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I was impressed with Judge Blackburn from the moment I stepped into his courtroom. He was always courteous, fair with everyone and a complete gentleman to all. I feel honored to have served on a jury in his courtroom. He gave me faith that we have an intelligent and fair Judge sitting on the Federal Bench in Colorado.

Litigant

Comment #: 4095
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Has this judge ever NOT dismissed a pro se lawsuit right out of the gate? Hasn't he instructed the magistrates assigned to his cases to dismiss pro se complaints?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 3665
Rating:1.5
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If you are a pro se litigant, you might as well consider going home. Especially in Colorado, discrimination against pro ses is pervasive.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 2074
Rating:4.8
Comments:
Fair minded? Not exactly. This judge openly brags that no federal discrimination case has ever made it to trial in his courtroom. Ultimate decisions are result-oriented and idealogicallly driven. Not a model we need on the federal bench!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1878
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
In Court, this judge is a gentleman. In his ultimate rulings he seems unfair. The only problem is that he has very different, odd pretrial rules, which he strictly follows. While in pretrial he is very strict on deadlines, and is very form over substance, his actual courtroom demeanor and trial management belie this. Jury is still out, but he seems to be a rising star, and not a political hack at all.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 1161
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Fair minded, creative and entirely professional in demeanor and approach to his job. This judge is a model for others and his District and the nation are fortunate to have hi on the bench. He presided over a difficult and complex criminal case, with an annoying and stupid defendant, and was even-handed while he expedited a fair resolution. A great judge.