Ex-judge suspended from law work after alleged courthouse affair
CASTLE ROCK – A former Douglas County judge accused of having an affair with a prosecutor has been suspended from practicing of law for three years.Grafton M. Biddle, 58, resigned his judgeship last year.Under punishment handed down Monday, he cannot practice law for three years. He can apply for reinstatement when the punishment is complete, said John Gleason of the state Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, which investigates lawyer misconduct.A complaint said Biddle and former Deputy District Attorney Laurie A. Hurst, then using the last name of Steinman, began an affair in the spring of 2006. The two had sex in the judge’s chambers and on some occasions, Biddle would sneak into the women’s courthouse showers, according to the complaint.Hurst, 30, was fired and later went through a divorce. In September, she was ordered to serve a six-month suspension and was given 18 months of probation, during which she can work as an attorney.
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