crime and courts
Nicolais: The Fentanyl Accountability and Prevention Act comes spiked with trace amounts of bad policy
By making possession of any drug mixture that contains even a trace amount of fentanyl a felony, amendments to the original bill could pose serious problems
Littwin: Colorado House Speaker Alec Garnett says he’s retiring from politics when the session ends
In pushing a controversial fentanyl bill, which turns possession of smaller but lethal amounts into a felony, Garnett will go out — if retirement sticks — on a bill that might not please anyone.
Nicolais: The Justice Department turned Kent Thiry into a guinea pig
As the criminal trial against Kent Thiry and DaVita began last week, it underscored what the DOJ is really after
Littwin: Justice prevailed in the racist killing of Ahmaud Arbery, but we should remember that it almost didn’t
Without the viral video that surfaced two months after Arbery’s murder, it’s unlikely anyone would have been tried, much less convicted, of murder or of a hate crime.
New charges for Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters in obstruction case
The District Attorney’s Office is investigating whether Peters used an iPad to record a court hearing for Belinda Knisley, an elections deputy who’s been charged in the security breach investigation.
Zornio: Colorado should follow California on gun liability insurance
San Jose became the first city to pass firearm liability insurance requirements. Colorado should become the first state.
Silverman: Normal rules of self-defense don’t apply when your house is invaded
The legal battle over the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol — the people's house — has begun. America needs justice.
Silverman: We could all use a mulligan in 2022
Like golf, life is full of highs and lows. From politics to climate change and criminal justice, we could all use another chance
Nicolais: Colorado killing spree preceded by violent rhetoric
As more public personalities embrace angst and anger in their oratory, violent outbursts become inevitable
Silverman: Birds of a feather flock together. And worse.
Two Denver lawyers are part of the defense team for Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of helping Jeffrey Epstein recruit and abuse underage girls
Zornio: 110 years in prison for I-70 truck driver is too much, his sentence should be commuted
Gov. Jared Polis, District Attorney Alexis King and the state legislature all have roles in remedying the unjust prison sentence for truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos
Nicolais: The 110-year prison sentence in a fatal truck crash is a cry for change
The sentence imposed on Rogel Aguilera-Mederos highlighted the need for real reform in the mandatory sentencing guidelines imposed in Colorado
Littwin: The Arbery-killing trial is not a do-over for Kyle Rittenhouse, even though it feels that way
If it’s a do-over, it’s for Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin and so many similar cases of racial injustice in America over too many years
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
Littwin: Shouldn’t the question be why Kyle Rittenhouse was carrying an assault-style weapon in order to, uh, help people?
Whether or not the then-17 year old is convicted of murder, the right to carry a gun in a provocative situation is what, in America, some call freedom
Arrest warrant stays sealed for man accused in Suzanne Morphew’s death
Barry Morphew's arrest affidavit will remain sealed
64 members of “international drug trafficking network” indicted by Colorado grand jury
Federal, state and local agencies collaborated to bring a total of 159 state charges against the people for trafficking heroin, meth and opioids, including fentanyl
“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.
$40,000 reward offered for information about Denver fire that killed 5
Killed were Djibril and Adja Diol, along with their 22-month-old daughter Khadija, as well as relative Hassan Diol and her infant daughter Hawa Baye.