Judge Carlos Samour Jr. appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper to Colorado Supreme Court

Judge Samour presided over Aurora shooting trial
Posted at 3:57 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 11:57:51-04

DENVER – Carlos A. Samour Jr. is the newest Colorado Supreme Court justice after he was appointed Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Samour, who is perhaps most-well known for presiding over the Aurora theater shooting trial, was appointed out of a pool of three prospective justices, which also included 2nd Judicial District Judge Karen Brody and former 20th Judicial District Chief Judge Maria Berkenkotter.

Samour will replace Chief Justice Nancy Rice, who announced in March that she was retiring at the end of June after serving nearly 20 years on the state’s top court.

Samour is currently the chief judge in the 18th Judicial District, which covers Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties.

Samour presided over the trial of Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, who was eventually convicted, but not after his attorneys tried to get Samour off the trial—a request Samour denied by saying it was his duty to ‘unconditionally defend the dignity and honor of his Court.”

Samour, an immigrant from El Salvador, is the fifth justice on the seven-member panel to be appointed by Hickenlooper during his time in office, according to The Denver Post.

"We are delighted to appoint Carlos Armando Samour, Jr. to the CO Supreme Court," Hickenlooper tweeted. "He has presided over some of CO's highest profile cases & has distinguished himself as being fair & impartial regardless of the magnitude of the case."