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Crime and Courts

Colorado governor pardons parents behind “balloon boy” hoax, 16 others

Jared Polis said he was pardoning the balloon boy's parents, Mayumi Heene and Richard Heene, because "we are all ready to move past the spectacle from a decade ago"

Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems employee files defamation suit against Trump campaign, Rudy Giuliani

Eric Coomer, a Coloradan, alleges he has been the target of a false conspiracy that has harmed his reputation and left him facing threats

Federal prosecutors in Colorado, across the U.S. sue Walmart over role in opioid crisis

The Justice Department alleges Walmart violated federal law by selling thousands of prescriptions for controlled substances that its pharmacists "knew were invalid"

“Of course it feels unsafe”: Colorado prisons face staffing crisis as scores of guards, inmates catch coronavirus

Already, parole officers have been offered overtime pay to serve as prison guards and help with basic operations inside the locked facilities

Man arrested after discovery of bodies in San Luis Valley was seen killing missing woman, records show

Adre “Psycho” Baroz is accused of first-degree murder in connection with the dissapearance and apparent death of Selena Esquibel

Colorado spearheads 35-state lawsuit accusing Google of operating a search-engine monopoly

Attorney General Phil Weiser is employing his experience in antitrust cases. This is the second major lawsuit announced this month that Weiser is helping lead against a tech company.

Inmates in Colorado, across the U.S. facing big coronavirus risks are not atop vaccine lists

More than 249,000 inmates have tested positive and nearly 1,700 have died from COVID-19 nationwide. At a prison in Colorado last week, nearly three-quarters of inmates caught the virus.

Jenna Ellis, President Trump’s lawyer, was fired from Weld County DA’s office for “mistakes,” records show

Documents obtained by The Colorado Sun through an open records request appear to contradict what Ellis told The Wall Street Journal about her termination

Federal judge won’t let Castle Rock man charged in border wall case move trial to Colorado

U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in Manhattan turned down Timothy Shea’s request, saying letting Shea face trial where he lives would be an unreasonable burden on the court system

Colorado’s review of Catholic Church sex abuse named priests, but not those who covered up their crimes

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office said time limited the investigation. The Catholic Church says it’s taken responsibility. But victims say the whole story hasn’t been told.

Colorado leads lawsuit from federal government, states accusing Facebook of “predatory” conduct

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser is on the executive committee of attorneys general conducting the probe

Summit County sheriff hires civilian commander to oversee police reform measures

Christopher Walton's first priority is developing a body-worn and patrol-vehicle camera program for the mountain sheriff's office

Denver police used excessive violence, didn’t turn on body cameras during George Floyd protests, report says

The lack of a plan fueled chaos and increased the rift between law enforcement and a traumatized community, said the report issued by Denver's Office of the Independent Monitor.

Colorado’s State Court Administrator’s Office lacks “culture of accountability,” audit finds

The department spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on leave, contracts and buyouts over four years with little or no justification

Former Weld County judge who tipped off friend about drug investigation is censured

According to the censure, Ryan Kamada also frequently texted his friends inappropriate comments about what was happening in his courtroom

Authorities identify one of three sets of remains found in San Luis Valley as missing Del Norte man

The remains of Myron Robert Martinez, who would have turned 38 on Nov. 15, were found on a property in Conejos County near the town of Sanford

$5 million bond for man accused of killing 12-year-old Greeley girl in 1984

Prosecutors said that there was enough circumstantial evidence to charge Steve Pankey, 69, with the killing of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews

“Intentional discharge of an aimed firearm” leads to rare criminal charges in Colorado death of hunter

Suspect Harry Watkins was “horrified” after fatally shooting his hunting buddy, Simon Howell, in Grand County. “It was reasonable to fire,” Watkins’ attorney says.

Lake County coroner forced out of funeral home business

Lake County coroner Shannon Kent agreed to the stipulation on Tuesday following a FOX31 Problem Solvers investigation Nov. 5

ACLU asks judge to issue emergency order reducing Colorado’s prison population amid coronavirus outbreaks

An ongoing lawsuit alleges Gov. Jared Polis and his Department of Corrections is putting prisoners in danger of contracting coronavirus in what amounts to cruel and unusual punishment

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