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Colorado Democrats are heading into the 2022 election cycle in a position of strength, poll shows

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet lead a generic Republican candidate, the survey shows, and generic Democratic statehouse candidates would beat their GOP counterparts.

Politics and Government

As STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting trial opens, two views of what happened in Room 107

Devon Erickson is accused of killing classmate Kendrick Castillo. Eight others were injured in the May 2019 attack.

Crime and Courts

Colorado may expand early prison release program for people who committed serious crimes before age 21

Proponents of a House Bill 1209 argue some adolescents shouldn’t be punished with long sentences for crimes committed in their youth. But some crime victims’ families oppose the measure.

Politics and Government

“You can’t unsee anything”: What Michael Dougherty, Boulder’s district attorney, faces as he investigates the King Soopers shooting

Dougherty was appointed to his position in 2018 and then elected to the post. Before that, he served as the No. 2 prosecutor in Jefferson County and worked at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office

Crime and Courts

Opinion: Polis must enact a COVID-19 vaccination plan for Colorado’s hard-hit prisons

Refusing to implement a prison vaccine plan now will exacerbate suffering and the pandemic’s unequal impact on communities of color.

Opinion Columns

Where do Colorado Republicans go from here?

No Republican running statewide has won more than 45% of the vote in the past two election cycles. Conservatives think Donald Trump is a big factor, but there's also broad agreement the party has a messaging problem, too.

Politics and Government

No charges for man who drove Jeep through Elijah McClain protest in Aurora

District Attorney George Brauchler said during a news conference that there was no visual evidence the driver aimed at anyone on the highway during the July 25 protest

News

STEM School Highlands Ranch shooter sentenced to life in prison after emotional, day-long hearing

Alec McKinney, who will be eligible for parole after 40 years, spoke publicly for the first time since the attack, apologizing individually to his victims. “I don't deserve leniency nor forgiveness,” he said. “I don't want a lighter sentence.”

Crime and Courts

Colorado’s 2015 law changing how officer-involved shootings are reviewed still lets police agencies investigate themselves

State lawmakers and prosecutors are vowing to push for and support changes after questions from The Colorado Sun about the measure

Sun Investigation

Prosecutors won’t seek death penalty against older of two suspected STEM School Highlands Ranch shooters

In a court filing on Thursday, 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler did not explain the decision not to seek capital punishment for Devon Erickson

Crime and Courts

STEM School Highlands Ranch security guard reaches agreement with DA for firing gun, wounding students

Shamson Sundara was not supposed to have a gun on campus. He fired two rounds during the May 7 attack on the school.

Crime and Courts

Colorado’s 2020 legislative session begins this week. Here’s a rundown of 10 issues to watch.

The state legislature’s break-neck pace from 2019 may not return, but expect fierce debates over health care, criminal justice, guns and transportation

Politics and Government

Colorado poised to revisit murder law that can send people to prison for life — even when they didn’t kill anyone

A Democratic state senator wants to change the penalties for violating Colorado’s felony murder law to take life in prison without the possibility of parole off the table

Crime and Courts

Gov. Polis and state lawmakers eye changes to how police-involved deaths are investigated in Colorado

County sheriffs and the top prosecutor in the state’s largest judicial district want the brakes pumped on the proposals and say the current system is working as it should

Politics and Government

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck says he will seek reelection, dispelling speculation to the contrary

Buck, a Windsor Republican who is in his third term, also is chairman of the Colorado Republican Party. Potential GOP successors -- like George Brauchler and Jerry Sonnenberg -- started to line up campaigns to replace him.

Politics and Government

Teen should be tried for STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting, judge says

Colorado prosecutors warn DUI-testing mess could have impacts far beyond drunken driving cases

18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler and Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty warn that the entire criminal justice system could face big challenges if a remedy isn’t found

Crime and Courts

Authorities raid 247 Colorado homes, seize more than 80,000 marijuana plants in years-long operation targeting black market pot

State and federal officials said the nearly three-year investigation showed that illegal marijuana trafficking mushroomed after voters approved recreational use in 2012

Crime and Courts

16-year-old charged as an adult in STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting

Alec McKinney's attorneys immediately launched an effort to return the case to juvenile court

Crime and Courts

Colorado’s new red flag law may have applied to woman whose threats caused mass school closures. But there’s a catch.

Colorado law says an extreme risk protection order to seize someone’s firearms must be sought in the county where the person resides. In Sol Pais’ case, that would have meant Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Crime and Courts
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