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How Rogel Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence could be shortened by the court, and the power Colorado’s governor has to intervene

The truck driver’s sentence may be reconsidered after prosecutors made an unusual request for the penalty to be reexamined. Gov. Jared Polis could also use his broad clemency powers if he feels it’s necessary.

Crime and Courts

Federal appeals panel dismisses 10-year-old lawsuit accusing TABOR of being unconstitutional

The lawsuit was filed in 2011 by a group of elected officials who argued that the voter-approved 1992 Taxpayer's Bill of Rights violates the U.S. Constitution

Politics and Government

Nicolais: Political violence went on trial. Our republic is under threat.

From the Jan. 6 insurrection to a congressional censure to killings in Kenosha, multiple high-profile cases were in the headlines last week

Opinion Columns

Dominion Voting’s Eric Coomer files defamation lawsuit against Randy Corporon, Salem Media

The former Dominion Voting Systems executive accuses Corporon and radio station 710 KNUS of defamation related to false claims of fraud in the 2020 election

Politics and Government

Officers, paramedics indicted in Elijah McClain’s death make first court appearance

The judge granted permission for lawyers to file motions about the grand jury process before the defendants’ next court date, when they are scheduled to enter pleas to the charges

Crime and Courts

$100M lawsuit over smelly Weld County fertilizer plant can go ahead after high court declines to hear appeal

The Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment about a biogas plant that generated complaints about the smell from neighbors

Politics and Government

Billionaire Phil Anschutz appeals dismissal of his lawsuit seeking $8 million Colorado tax refund

Phil and Nancy Anschutz argue that changes to federal tax law made through the CARES Act entitle them to claim a refund on their 2018 state income tax bill

Politics and Government

Judge rejects billionaire Phil Anschutz’s tax lawsuit, reveals how much money he wanted

The court rejected the argument that changes in tax law from the pandemic response entitled Anschutz and his wife to a refund

Politics and Government

Colorado health chief says she “didn’t grasp” problem that led to huge HIV program cuts

Jill Hunsaker Ryan, a key member of Gov. Jared Polis’ cabinet, said she didn’t realize how legal guidance would affect funding for HIV prevention

Politics and Government

Man convicted of killing Denver-area driver while going 120 mph during speeding livestream

Bryan Kirby was accused of driving as fast as 167 mph during the livestream while making comments to viewers about his speed

Crime and Courts

Billionaire Phil Anschutz and his wife are suing Colorado for a tax refund. How much they want is a secret.

Anschutz and his wife, Nancy, claim that changes in the federal tax code made through the CARES Act entitle them to lower taxes in previous years

Politics and Government

Judge rejects mining company lawsuit over contested Glenwood Springs quarry

Environment

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

The lawsuit, which was first filed in August 2017 after a sexual assault claim was brought against the student, now heads back to a federal district court

Education

Jury finds second STEM School Highlands Ranch shooter guilty of first-degree murder

The jury made its decision after five hours of deliberation

Crime and Courts

What to expect in the court case against the Boulder King Soopers shooting suspect

The case against Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa will likely follow the course of those against other people accused in other Colorado mass shootings. But there is one big exception.

Crime and Courts

Colorado Court of Appeals approves use of courtroom comfort dogs

The Colorado Court of Appeals said on Thursday that the defendant’s right to confrontation doesn’t carry with it a right to impose discomfort on an accusing witness

Crime and Courts

Colorado Judicial Branch faces major challenges in culture, diversity and trial backlogs, chief justice says

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Brian D. Boatright delivered his State of the Judiciary speech to the legislature on Thursday, vowing to make change. He said the judicial branch faces a “crisis of confidence in its leadership.”

Crime and Courts

Federal judge requires week notice before encampment sweeps in Denver

Judge William Martinez ruled Monday that Denver must give a week's notice before clearing out illegal encampments.

Housing

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

Politics and Government

Maria Berkenkotter selected by Gov. Jared Polis as his first Colorado Supreme Court appointee

Maria Berkenkotter, a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, is the former chief judge in the 20th Judicial District in Boulder County

Politics and Government
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