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Federal appeals panel dismisses 10-year-old lawsuit accusing TABOR of being unconstitutional

The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Colorado’s strict constitutional tax and spending limits. Colorado Politics reports that the court dismissed the lawsuit, filed in 2011 by a group of elected officials who argued that the voter-approved 1992 Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights violates the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees a republican form […]

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Drilling leases on 58,000 acres of public land in Colorado were awarded without proper environmental review

Oil and gas leases on 58,000 acres of public lands in northwest Colorado were awarded by the federal Bureau of Land Management without adequate consideration for air quality and wilderness protections, a federal district judge ruled – but she stopped short of voiding the leases. U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Krieger remanded the leases to […]

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Planned Parenthood shooting suspect ruled incompetent by federal judge

A man accused of killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado in 2015 is incompetent to stand trial, a federal judge ruled Thursday, delaying U.S. prosecutors’ efforts to bring the suspect to trial after he was repeatedly deemed incompetent in state court. U.S. District Court Senior Judge Robert Blackburn found Robert Dear incompetent during […]

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Biden pick for Colorado’s federal bench would be first openly gay LGBT woman to serve as district court judge in the West

By Aamer Madhani, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is nominating a Vermont judge who played a critical role in paving the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage to become the first openly LGBT woman to serve on any federal circuit court. Biden has tapped Beth Robinson, an associate justice on the […]

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Trinidad man is ninth Coloradan facing federal charges following U.S. Capitol riot

A ninth Colorado man is facing federal charges in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6. Jacob Travis Clark, of Trinidad, was arrested and released on a $10,000 bond Thursday, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Denver. He is accused of unlawfully entering a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct, […]

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Federal judge’s ruling ends Colorado’s plan to kill hundreds of mountain lions in Upper Arkansas River Basin

A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that federal dollars cannot be used to fund a Colorado Parks and Wildlife plan to kill hundreds of mountain lions in the Upper Arkansas River Valley as part of a study of the impact of predators on declining mule deer populations.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needed […]

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Judge bans David Lesh from millions of acres of public land after photo shows him pooping in Maroon Lake

A part-time Colorado resident who documents his disrespect for public lands on social media learned Friday what happens when defendants try to go toe-to-toe with a federal judge. David Lesh agreed to a compromise on Oct. 2 that allowed him to enter U.S. Forest Service lands if he followed the same rules as everyone else. […]