Fifth Judicial District judges biographies

Updated: August 5, 2003, 5:15 PM ET
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Honorable W. Terry Ruckriegle
Judge Ruckriegle graduated from Indiana University with a business degree in 1969 and a law degree in 1973. He served as a prosecutor in the Fifth Judicial District Attorney's office in Georgetown for 9 years. Judge Ruckriegle has served on the district court bench since 1984 and has acted as chief judge of the 5th Judicial District since 1994. He sits primarily in Breckenridge and Georgetown.

Honorable Richard H. Hart
Judge Hart was appointed to the Fifth Judicial District Court bench in 1980. He serves as a full time judge in the Fifth Judicial District and handles civil, domestic and criminal cases as well as juvenile and probate cases.

Honorable Frederick W. Gannett
Judge Gannett was appointed Eagle County Judge in September, 2002. Prior to his appointment, Judge Gannett served as a Pitkin County sheriff's deputy. He earned his juris doctorate from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. In addition to his private practice, Judge Gannett served as a municipal judge for the town of Basalt and as an assistant municipal judge for the town of Vail.

Judge Gannett hears civil cases up to $15,000, as well as traffic, restraining order, small claims and misdemeanor cases. He also handles felony cases through the preliminary hearing stage.

Honorable R. Thomas Moorhead
Judge R. Thomas Moorhead has been involved in the legal profession since the receipt of his juris doctor from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1975. He held a variety of positions in Cincinnati, Ohio, until 1992, including general practice for Perrino, Woeller, & Mire from 1976-1987, serving as chief assistant in the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office from 1977-1987, and serving as partner in Lindhorst & Dreidame from 1987-1992. From July 1993 until June 2001, Moorhead served as town attorney for the Town of Vail. He was county attorney for Eagle County from June 2001 until August 2002.

Source: Colorado Judicial Branch website