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Colorado judge charged with felony menacing loses his leadership job

A Colorado state judge was removed from his leadership position after being charged with felony menacing on Saturday. Judge Mark Thompson, the chief judge for the 5th Judicial District, is accused of using a real or simulated weapon in the alleged July 25 menacing incident, which was investigated by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, according […]

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Lack of jurors prompts mistrial in Colorado case against snowboarders who triggered avalanche above I-70

Summit County Judge Ed Casias sent out 40 summonses to local residents for Thursday’s docket. Only a fraction showed up — not enough to help decide one of the more interesting high-country cases in years.  After dismissing some potential jurors for cause — like a vaccine shot and a big test for a college student […]

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Avalanche center boss will testify in criminal case against Summit County snowboarders as judge rejects “chilling effect” argument

A Summit County judge has rejected the Colorado Attorney General’s argument that forcing the boss of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to testify in a rare criminal case could have a chilling effect on the way backcountry travelers share avalanche observations with the agency. “I would really hope that the chilling effect that is being […]