WASHINGTON, D.C. – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today argued before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the State of Colorado in the case Kansas v. Colorado. The argument marked the first time a sitting Attorney General from Colorado has argued in front of the nation’s highest court since Gale Norton defended Colorado’s ballot initiative process in Buckley v. American Constitutional Law Foundation in October of 1998.
Attorney General Suthers’ argument focused on an appeal taken by Kansas to a Special Master’s findings regarding the dispute between Kansas and Colorado over the Arkansas River. The Special Master determined that Kansas’s award of expert witness fees was limited by a federal statute. Kansas objected to the order, contending that Congress cannot limit such an award in cases of original jurisdiction in the Supreme Court. The dispute involves approximately $9 million.
Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six argued on behalf of his State. The argument was set for one hour.