Melanie Asmar is a staff writer for Westword. She joined the paper in 2009 and has won awards for her stories about education, immigration and epic legal battles. Got a tip? She'd love to hear it.
16 minutes ago | Education
The parents behind a move to recall three controversial Jefferson County school board members turned in twice as many signatures today as are required to get the recall questions on the ballot. Election rules require 15,000 voter signatures, and t...
6 days ago | Education
Justin Marceau doesn’t eat animals. He represents them. And starting this fall, he will teach University of Denver law students to do the same, thanks to the school’s new Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Professorship. Marceau is the first recipie...
7 days ago | Immigration
It ended as it began, with the heavy wood doors of the First Unitarian Society of Denver swinging open to make way for Arturo Hernandez Garcia. But instead of going in to the church, today he and his family walked out. Hernandez Garcia announced t...
7 days ago | News
Animals occupy a unique place in the law. For the most part, they’re considered property. Your cat? He’s not much different than your couch. That elephant? Might as well be a microwave. At the same time, however, the law recognizes that Fido ...
11 days ago | Aurora Theater Shooting
It was only a few minutes. But in the hushed courtroom, where nearly all eyes were on the judge Thursday afternoon, the wait for the verdicts seemed like it lasted many more. The jury had entered moments before with an armful of manila envelopes. ...
12 days ago | Environment
The Colorado Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit in which four concertgoers claimed they were injured by falling rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre because of Denver's negligence. The decision is a victory for the City of Denver, but a loss...