Jason Jovanovich, an attorney and former district judge from Glenwood Springs, is the attorney handling Tina Peters’ recent criminal indictment for alleged election equipment tampering.
Republican Governor Bill Owens appointed Jovanovich as a judge in Garfield County in 2005.
“If I had a big red button right here that would kill all the pit bulls, I wouldn’t hesitate to press it.”
As a judge, in 2010 Jovanovich was placed on indefinite paid leave after an incident in which he “used a disparaging term for a court clerk while the courtroom recording device was operating,” according to the Aspen Daily News.
Jovanovich was “suspended from the bench in May  and court employees said he was “escorted from the courtroom one evening by deputies of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office,” according to the Glenwood Post Independent.
After that, Jovanovich withdrew from consideration for retention as a judge in the 2010 general election.
Then, in 2015, Jovanovich pled guilty to a misdemeanor, taking a plea deal in which he agreed to serve one year probation for using a prepaid cell phone to contact his former girlfriend in California. She had obtained a protection order against him in 2013 and he was not supposed to contact her.
In February of 2016, Jovanovich’s law license was suspended for 90 days, pending completion of three years probation after he admitted to violating the restraining order and missing several court hearings which caused “the court to expend resources in trying to locate him and in holding a show-cause hearing.”
Jovanovich has a rating of one star on the attorney review website Avvo. The review is titled “One star is too much.” The reviewer, a former client, wrote that Jovanovich was “disrespectful, arrogant, not to mention unprofessional. After sitting through a ‘consultation’ for one hour and a half, he seemed a lot more interested in talking about himself and making inappropriate jokes, rather than giving me my money’s worth.”