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DENVER (CBS4) – Large Denver Broncos banners decorate the outside of Colorado’s Supreme Court and Court of Appeals buildings, and they aren’t sitting well with everyone.

Some are wondering if judges can be impartial while displaying them if there’s ever a case involving the Broncos.

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Others don’t see a problem with them.

“Even though I’m a Seahawks fan, I don’t really see anything wrong with it,” said a Denver resident.

Meanwhile, William Brunson of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nev., thinks that the banners could be a problem. He feels they could create a conflict of interest if a case involving the Broncos Corporation or a player ever appeared before the court.

CBS4 Legal Analyst Karen Steinhauser examined the Colorado Code of Judicial Conduct.

“I didn’t find anything that would indicate that these banners are improper in any way,” said Steinhauser.

She explained that even judges have a right to be fans like everybody else.

“Judges don’t live in isolation. We don’t tell judges you can’t go to a Super Bowl party in support of a team in case there’s some litigation that comes that way,” said Steinhauser.

Erika Whitaker is a local Seahawks fans who thinks that judges know how to remain impartial.

“I feel like when it did come down to something maybe with the Broncos team they would be able to recluse themselves,” said Whitaker.

The banners cost around $3,000 and it is unsure if Colorado tax dollars paid for them.

The Broncos will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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