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Judge temporarily blocks Wyoming abortion ban on day it took effect

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Wyoming judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked the state’s abortion ban on the day it took effect, siding with a firebombed women’s health clinic and others who argued the ban would violate the state constitution and harm health care workers and their patients. Lawmakers in West Virginia meanwhile debated an abortion ban, […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Nicolais: The 110-year prison sentence in a fatal truck crash is a cry for change

Nearly three years after the fact, the truck driven by Rogel Aguilera-Mederos continues to leave wreckage in its wake. His 110-year sentence left both his life and mandatory minimum sentencing policies in tatters. While a petition to change Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence has already garnered two million signatures online, the real dilemma is what should be done […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News

Prosecutors allege Colorado judge used AR-15 rifle in felony menacing case

A Colorado state judge charged with felony menacing is accused of using an AR-15 style rifle to intimidate the alleged victim in the case, according to a court filing released Wednesday. In the document charging Judge Mark Thompson with one count of felony menacing, prosecutors allege he used the rifle to place or attempt to […]

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Colorado judge resigns after state Supreme Court censure over multiple reports of racial bias

By Colleen Slevin, Associated Press A Colorado judge will resign after being censured for repeatedly saying a racial slur in a conversation with a Black employee, expressing her views on racial justice while on the bench as well as using court employees to work on personal business. The Colorado Supreme Court issued the censure for […]

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Colorado Supreme Court’s first female chief justice and its first Black justice die in the same week

The Colorado Supreme Court’s first female chief justice and its first and only Black justice both died this week. Justice Mary Mullarkey, who was 77, died Wednesday after living for years with multiple sclerosis. She spent 23 years on the state’s highest court and 12 years as the court’s chief. Justice Gregory Kellam Scott, who […]

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Former Weld County judge who tipped off friend about drug investigation is censured

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday publicly censured a former Weld County District Judge who tipped off his friend that their mutual acquaintance was the target of a federal drug investigation. Ryan Kamada was censured for violating a variety of ethical and professional rules, The Denver Post reported. “Then-Judge Kamada’s pattern of reckless disregard for confidential […]