DON'T MESS WITH RICHARD MATSCH

Judge Richard Matsch is nothing if not precise. He starts his court at 9 a.m. sharp. No one gets into the courtroom after he walks in, between 8:59:40 and 8:59:50 a.m. Absolutely. Cross him, and you will have a tale to tell. "He's virtually always the brightest person sitting in that room," says Larry Pozner, a Denver attorney and a vice president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. "In Denver, if you're going to be a federal trial lawyer, one stage is to be yelled at by Judge Matsch." Says Pozner: "I've also seen agents of the Federal Government...

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