Salazar v. Public Trust Institute

September 15, 2023

When a citizen truthfully complains to enforcement authorities about a pattern of behavior by a former government official that appears to indicate he may be breaking the law, the First Amendment and Colorado law protect that citizen from a retaliatory lawsuit by that public figure. Yet, former Colorado legislator Joe Salazar has been able to drag citizen activist Suzanne Staiert and her organization, the Public Trust Institute, through the courts for more than a year after she filed a truthful complaint about his allegedly unethical behavior. Advance Colorado is helping Staiert and PTI say “enough is enough.”