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Denver’s new massage parlor ordinance adds investigative power to the city’s robust human trafficking units

When Aurora cracked down on massage businesses involved in human trafficking, the “bad apples” moved their operations across city lines into Denver.  Now Colorado’s capital city — thanks to a massage parlor ordinance passed in July and one of the only district attorney’s offices and police departments in the state with dedicated human trafficking units […]

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Denver DA’s husband pleads guilty to two counts of attempted arson

The husband of Denver’s District Attorney pleaded guilty Thursday to leaving several slash fires burning unattended near his home in Grand County during a fire ban last year. Christopher Linsmayer, 69, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted arson, one felony and one misdemeanor, in exchange for a deferred sentence, according to the 14th Judicial […]

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Black, Hispanic people disadvantaged in Denver courts, study of felony cases shows

A study of decisions made by the Denver district attorney’s office has said Black and Hispanic people charged with felonies in Denver face “a persistent set of disadvantages” compared with their white peers. The study found that white people facing drug charges were more likely than Black or Hispanic people to be referred to drug […]

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Recent mass shootings have renewed debate about universal background checks. Here’s how they’ve worked in Colorado.

A pair of mass shootings over the weekend in Texas and Ohio that left more than 30 dead reignited the national debate about gun violence and how to prevent it.  One of the suggestions being floated once again is a federal universal background check for gun purchases and transfers. Thousands of private gun sales have […]

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Denver unveils new system for clearing thousands of low-level marijuana convictions

By Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press A simplified program will make it easier for thousands of people to seek the elimination of low-level marijuana convictions they received in Denver before recreational use became legal in Colorado, officials said Wednesday. Based on a review of digitized court records between 2001 and 2013, Denver officials have estimated 10,000 […]

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A jury acquitted Clarence Moses-EL of rape after 28 years in prison. But is that enough for him to be repaid for his time behind bars?

When Clarence Moses-EL walked out of a Denver courthouse two years ago after a jury in a new trial found him not guilty of a crime for which he had already served 28 years in prison, he felt free. “This moment is a moment I’ve fought for for a long time,” he told The Denver […]