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Opinion: Should an enraged, off-duty cop enjoy qualified immunity?

If government officials were not doing their job when they violated someone’s civil rights, should they escape lawsuits over their unlawful conduct? In Colorado and neighboring states, the answer is unclear. As a result, a police officer acting on a personal grudge could face no accountability for unconstitutional actions. It’s a dangerous situation created by […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News

Federal appeals court in Denver weighs people’s right to film police doing their job

U.S. government lawyers on Wednesday asked the appeals court overseeing four western and two midwestern states to recognize that the First Amendment guarantee of free speech gives people the right to film police as they do their work in public — a decision that would allow officers to be sued if they interfere with bystanders […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, Education, News

Federal appeals court revives former DU student’s claim that anti-male bias led to his expulsion

A federal appeals court has given new life to a lawsuit filed by an undergraduate student who argues he was expelled from the University of Denver because of anti-male bias in the investigation of a sexual assault allegation against him. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision Tuesday sends the case back to Colorado’s federal […]

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Federal appeals court to consider future of lawsuit over Colorado’s TABOR

The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider whether a long-running lawsuit challenging Colorado’s strict tax and spending limits as unconstitutional can proceed. Colorado Politics reports that a nine-judge panel will consider on Monday a review of the lawsuit, which was filed in 2011 by group of elected officials. The 1992 Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights […]

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Opinion: Politicians’ challenge to Colorado’s TABOR is without merit

Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights is under attack once again, this time by the very politicians whose actions TABOR is intended to check.  A lawsuit filed by state legislators and some local elected officials has been wending its way through the federal courts since 2011. They seek to overturn the voter-enacted TABOR amendment to the […]

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Federal court weighs whether Colorado law can require web designer to make websites for same-sex couples

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press A Colorado web designer should not have to create wedding websites for same-sex couples under the state’s anti-discrimination law because it would amount to forced speech that violates her religious beliefs, a lawyer told an appeals court Monday. Kristen Waggoner, a lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, told a three-judge […]

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Federal court rules not all Colorado drug convictions can lead to deportation, prevent green card approval

Not all Colorado drug convictions can trigger the deportation of an immigrant with a green card or prevent someone from obtaining legal immigration status, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Friday in a case that advocates hope will help keep hundreds from being removed from the country.  The powerful court rejected […]

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Coal company says its freshly bulldozed road in roadless area near Paonia is legal

Mountain Coal Co. says the road it blazed into the Sunset Roadless Area below Kebler Pass is legal and that the Forest Service approved the construction. Conservation groups have attacked the Somerset-based mining company for building the road in early June after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on March 2 ruled the Forest […]

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A federal court ruled a coal company couldn’t build a road on public land near Paonia. The company did it anyway.

Mountain Coal Company has bulldozed about a mile of new road into the Gunnison National Forest’s Sunset Roadless Area barely two months after a federal court ruling that banned the mining company from building new roads or methane-venting drill sites in the protected forest near Paonia. A flurry of legal filings by conservation groups last […]