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Judge rules that Denver’s urban camping ban is unconstitutional

 A Denver urban camping ban enacted in 2012 constitutes cruel and unusual punishment against the homeless and is unconstitutional, a judge ruled Friday. Denver County Judge Johnny C. Barajas cited a decision last year from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down a ban on camping in public places in Boise, Idaho, The […]

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Court sides with Colorado’s federal supermax prison in censorship case brought by magazine

A federal appeals court in Denver has ruled that officials at a supermax prison in Colorado sufficiently changed their policies and corrected their mistakes after refusing to distribute a magazine that provides legal information to inmates. The three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday rejected an argument by the magazine’s […]

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Suspected gunman in 2015 Planned Parenthood shooting federally indicted after four years of stalled state case

A federal grand jury has indicted Robert Lewis Dear Jr., suspected of killing three people and wounding nine others at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic in 2015. Colorado’s U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the 68-count indictment on Monday, which comes after four years of stalled proceedings in the state case against him. Dear could face […]

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Man charged in Pueblo synagogue bomb plot pleads not guilty in federal court

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press An alleged white supremacist accused of planning to bomb a Colorado synagogue pleaded not guilty to a hate crime and other charges on Monday as members of the congregation he is suspected of targeting watched from the back of the courtroom. Federal public defender Mary Butterton entered not guilty […]

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Former Westminster cop pleads guilty to violating civil rights of woman he sexually assaulted on duty

A former Westminster police officer has pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the civil rights of a woman he sexually assaulted in 2017 while he was on duty. Curtis Arganbright, 42, faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced in March, federal prosecutors say. Arganbright’s case drew outrage after he was […]

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Ex-Colorado cop, whose 90-day jail sentence for unlawful sexual contact drew outrage, charged with federal civil rights violation

Federal prosecutors have charged a former Westminster police officer, whose 90-day jail sentence for unlawful sexual contact drew outrage, with a civil rights offense.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado on Monday announced that Curtis Lee Arganbright, 42, faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted of depriving the woman of her civil […]

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Colorado woman gets prison for fatal heroin sale after U.S. attorney vows to treat overdose deaths as homicides

A Colorado woman has been sentenced to over six years in federal prison for selling heroin blamed for killing another woman. Twenty-four-year-old Kayla Pagano of Westminster learned her sentence Wednesday in Denver in the death of an unidentified woman in May 2018. According to Pagano’s plea agreement, the woman passed out after using the heroin […]

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Judge vacates part of protection decision on cutthroat trout species found in Colorado, New Mexico

A judge has asked U.S. biologists to explain part of a determination that a trout native to Colorado and New Mexico doesn’t merit an endangered species listing. But U.S. District Court Senior Judge Marcia S. Krieger found that a 2014 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not to list the Rio Grande cutthroat […]

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Colorado attorney general asks federal appellate court to reconsider revival of lawsuit challenging TABOR

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser is asking a powerful federal appellate court in Denver to reconsider a ruling that revived a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Weiser petitioned the entire 12-judge 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel to reconsider its decision that the case can move forward in federal […]

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A Colorado lawmaker has agreed to stop blocking people on social media after being sued. But the ACLU wanted more.

A Colorado state lawmaker who was sued earlier this year in federal court by the ACLU has agreed to unblock a constituent on Facebook and Twitter and no longer block people on social media as part of a settlement. But that’s not exactly the outcome the civil rights organization was hoping for.  The settlement in […]