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Jun 4, 2010 9:23 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado Chief Justice Mullarkey retiring

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey says she is retiring, effective Nov. 30.

Mullarkey said Thursday it is a good time personally and professionally for her to retire after 23 years on the court.

Former Democratic Gov. Roy Romer appointed her to the seven-member court June 29, 1987. Her fellow justices chose her to be chief justice in 1998.

She was diagnosed in 1994 with multiple sclerosis and was using a walker Thursday but says her eyesight and cognitive abilities haven't been affected. Mullarkey previously headed the appellate section in the Colorado Attorney General's Office, is a former Colorado solicitor general, and was a legal adviser to former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm.

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