KENNETH JAMES WEST V. TAMMY ROBERTS, AKA TAMMIE ROBERTS. ORIGINAL CASE

KENNETH JAMES WEST V. TAMMY ROBERTS, AKA TAMMIE ROBERTS. ORIGINAL CASE

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SUPREME COURT, STATE OF COLORADO   Case No. 05SC358 Two East 14th Avenue Denver, Colorado 80203 Certiorari to the District Court Jefferson County District Court Case No. 04CV3404 Honorable  Leland P. Anderson, Judge Petitioner : KENNETH JAMES WEST, v.  Respondent:  TAMMY ROBERTS, a/k/a TAMMIE ROBERTS. JUDGMENT AFFIRMED EN BANC October 10, 2006  Law Offices of Joaquin G. Padilla, PLLC Joaquin G. Padilla Lucia Padilla Gallery  Denver, Colorado Attorneys for Respondent JUSTICE BENDER delivered the Opinion of the Court. JUSTICE EID dissents; JUSTICE COATS joins in the  dissent. I. Introduction We review on certiorari an appellate decision from the district court, which construed Colorado Revised  Statute section 18-4-405. We hold that this statute, which permits the rightful owner of stolen property to  recover that property from the possession of another person, does not apply when the rightful owner intends  to part with the property. Kenneth James West relinquished his car in exchange for a cashier’s check that  appeared valid, but which thereafter proved to be a worthless counterfeit. When he later located the car in  the possession of a subsequent purchaser, Tammy Roberts West sued to recover the car under section 18- 4-405. However, the trial court found that section 18-4-405 does not apply to situations, like this case, in  which an owner voluntarily relinquishes the property, even if he is defrauded into doing so. Instead, the trial  court applied Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) section 2-403, as enacted in Colorado as section 4-2-403,  C.R.S. (2006) . The trial court found that the UCC provision entitled Roberts, as a good faith purchaser for  value, to retain ownership of the car. On appeal, the district court, acting as an appellate court, upheld the  trial court’s decision. We agree with the district court’s conclusion and hold that, although "theft" in our criminal code includes theft  by deception, UCC section 2-403 abrogates section 18-4-405 so that "theft" in that provision does not  include theft in which an owner voluntarily relinquishes property to a thief under a transaction of purchase.  Thus we affirm the district court and hold that Tammy Roberts, as a good faith purchaser for value, obtained  good title to the car under C.R.S. section 4-2-403. II. Facts and Proceedings Below
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KENNETH JAMES WEST V. TAMMY ROBERTS, AKA TAMMIE ROBERTS. ORIGINAL CASE

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