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Jared Polis reduces truck driver’s sentence to 10 years from 110; pardons 1,315 people for marijuana possession

Gov. Jared Polis is reducing the sentence of a truck driver whose semi-truck caused a fiery chain-reaction crash on Interstate 70 that killed four people in 2019.  The governor said Thursday he would reduce the sentence for Rogel Aguilera-Mederos to 10 years, from the 110 years handed down by a judge earlier this month that […]

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Zornio: 110 years in prison for I-70 truck driver is too much, his sentence should be commuted

By now, Coloradans know the tragic story.  On April 25, 2019, 23-year-old Rogel Aguilera-Mederos drove his company’s semi-truck through the Rocky Mountains for the first time. After successfully navigating several challenging descents, the brakes in his truck failed.  Heading toward Denver on I-70, the loaded semi-truck began hurtling downhill at increasingly dangerous speeds. The young […]

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Opinion: Legislation to reduce Colorado’s jail populations makes sense for safety and social justice

This past summer’s worldwide protests against police brutality and calls to defund the police greatly increased discussions and renewed awareness of widespread structural and institutional racism that is normalized in America.  The racial justice movement in America was clearly alive and well. It finally seemed possible to many that we could make substantial changes to […]