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Michael Dougherty
Michael Dougherty

Opinion: End private prisons in Colorado

They operate on the cheap, churn more employees, and produce worse results than state-run prisons

Opinion Columns

Prosecutors slam Colorado trucker’s reduced prison sentence, say governor hurt efforts to negotiate in other cases

Two prosecutors sent a letter to Gov. Jared Polis that said his decision “is having a substantial ripple effect”

Crime and Courts

State leaders call for unified action to combat rising fentanyl poisonings across Colorado

“Fentanyl is killing our kids. This is not a partisan issue. This is a public safety issue, and most importantly, this is a public health issue,” 17th Judicial District Attorney Brian Mason said.

News

Parents of young Coloradans killed by fentanyl call it murder. So why aren’t there more convictions?

Fatal fentanyl overdoses are skyrocketing across Colorado, but there have been only a few death charges.

Sun Investigation

Opinion: Legislation to reduce Colorado’s jail populations makes sense for safety and social justice

Arrests should be reduced because jail is a dehumanizing and often traumatizing experience that violently disrupts families and communities, and can destroy lives.

Opinion Columns

Boulder shooting suspect used assault weapon he legally purchased from Arvada gun store

Boulder police say they don’t know the gunman’s motive, but investigators have already put in 3,000 hours into seeking answers

Crime and Courts

What to expect in the court case against the Boulder King Soopers shooting suspect

The case against Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa will likely follow the course of those against other people accused in other Colorado mass shootings. But there is one big exception.

Crime and Courts

Suspect in Boulder mass shooting was arrested for attack on Arvada West High School classmate

Other than his arrest in the 2017 high school assault, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa did not have a criminal record in Colorado

Crime and Courts

“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

Suspect bought gun days before shooting at Boulder King Soopers, is accused of 10 counts of murder

Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold, speaking at a news conference in Boulder on Tuesday morning, also identified the alleged gunman as a 21-year-old Arvada man

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

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

Colorado lawmakers will consider whether to repeal the death penalty again, as factors align for passage

The Colorado legislature has debated getting rid of capital punishment four times since 2000. The bill being brought this year wouldn’t send the question to voters, as proponents of lethal injection want.

Politics and Government

Denver officials want to clear some 10,000 low-level marijuana convictions, following in Boulder County’s footsteps

San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle announced their similar efforts early this year. Boulder County prosecutors just days ago made their plans public.

Crime and Courts