Update: Earlier this week, we reported about legislation that would have established a felony DUI law in Colorado, as well as the arguments in favor of the bill made by Mother's Against Drunk Driving; see our previous coverage below. In the end, however, the measure fell short, and a representative ... More >>
In a post last month, we told you about a new website called CommunityCam, which planned to use crowd-sourcing techniques to document and map all the security cameras in public areas throughout Denver and other nearby areas. The site's founder mainly portrayed such surveillance devices as good thing ... More >>
As we've reported, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers determined that a new marijuana-law provision that treated pot magazines like porn was unconstitutional shortly after it was targeted by a pair of lawsuits -- the first from publications like High Times, the second courtesy of the ACLU, repre ... More >>
The title of a report from the ACLU -- "The War on Marijuana in Black and White: Billions of Dollars Wasted on Racially Biased Arrests" -- gives a good indication of its contents. The authors argue that the war on pot is a waste of money and African-Americans are disproportionately victimized by it ... More >>
Last week, attorney David Lane, representing High Times and other publications, sued the state over a new marijuana-law provision that treats pot magazines like porn. Days later, the ACLU filed its own suit against the passage on behalf of newsstands and booksellers such as the Tattered Cover. Both ... More >>
Last week, we told you about a lawsuit filed by several pot publications over a portion of a newly signed law that essentially treats marijuana magazines like porn. Now, this portion of the statute has attracted another suit, which tackles the issue from a different angle. The plaintiffs this time ... More >>
Last year, CU-Boulder closed its campus on April 20 in an attempt to squelch the annual 4/20 event -- and the university, whose spokesman deems the 2012 shutdown a great success, plans to repeat the feat next month. Can anything stop this action? Well, the ACLU of Boulder is asking the school to re ... More >>
In what's called an effort to support the economic vitality of downtown Colorado Springs and stop panhandling, the city passed an ordinance this week that bans solicitation. But the law is so broad that it violates the First Amendment. At least that's the interpretation of the American Civil Liberti ... More >>
A recent push by state prison officials to crack down on the sexual content of inmates' mail has greatly expanded the range of books and magazines intercepted by prison censors, including such staid fare as Rolling Stone and Men's Health. The move has also prompted complaints from inmates' loved one ... More >>
The Boy Scouts of America have reaffirmed a ban of gays from participation as organization members or leaders. This move prompted the ACLU of Boulder to renew an old complaint over the Boulder Valley School District allowing scout groups to use its facilities at free or discounted rates despite its ... More >>
Within the past month, with the explanation that "spring and summer are very active times for Gypsy-related criminal activities," a letter has circulated under the auspices of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office warning area residents against "Gypsy Scams." When the warning reached attorneys at the ... More >>
In 2003, Greeley Police officers arrived at the home that then-UNC student Tom Mink shared with his mom, confiscating his computer and more because of complaints about his portrayal of professor Junius Peake as "Junius Puke" in his fledgling Internet publication, The Howling Pig. Eight years and a ... More >>
"Junius Puke."Update: Yesterday marked exactly eight years since officers in Greeley arrived at the home then-UNC student Tom Mink shared with his mom, confiscating his computer and more because of complaints about the way he'd portrayed a professor in his fledgling Internet publication, The ... More >>
Westword has been present at every Sunday-morning arraignment related to Occupy Denver arrests. It was only this past Sunday, however, that I was forbidden by the court from recording anything while inside. The recent ban on anyone other than lawyers taking notes on the arrests and bond rates ... More >>
The beating.Earlier this month, we spoke to Michael DeHerrera and his father, Anthony, about their displeasure over the reinstatement of two cops fired for beating Michael in 2009. But Michael is dealing with more than disappointment. His dad says he can't get a job because that two-year-old ... More >>
Mason Tvert.The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012 hasn't sparked up love from all pro-marijuana activists, but it continues to win support from other sources. According to Regulate proponent Mason Tvert, the latest organizations to endorse the measure are the American Civil Libertie ... More >>
Big pics below.Kim Sidwell didn't attend a protest at the 2008 Democratic National Convention to rail against the man. She's a photographer who simply wanted to capture the scene in images. Instead, she herself was captured -- arrested, detained and put on trial. Later, Sidwell joined an ACLU ... More >>
Did a Jefferson County charter school decide not to renew the contract of veteran teacher Heather Burgbacher because she pumped breast milk at work? That's the contention of the ACLU of Colorado, which has taken legal action on Burgbacher's behalf that could lead to a lawsuit against Jeffco ... More >>
Our post about an immigration raid in Morgan Count -- one decried by a local activist -- continues to generate passionate posts. Here's one from a reader upset that more people weren't taken into custody.
Shane Boor, who faced harassment charges for flipping off a state trooper, is free to let his finger fly again. The Colorado State Patrol requested that the matter be dropped after the ACLU let it be known the organization would defend Boor's right to express himself digitally -- just like th ... More >>
During a recent drive to work, Shane Boor indulged in one of America's favorite pastimes: He flipped someone the bird. Trouble is, the person he aimed it at was a Colorado State Patrol officer so unamused that he had a fellow trooper track Boor down and give him a criminal summons. Enter the ... More >>
Alexander Landau."Police Brutality is Killing Us." That was the stark message, laid out in black-and-white, in the editorial pages of the Denver Post yesterday. But this wasn't an editorial: It was an ad placed by the America Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, part of a new Race to Justice ca ... More >>
Today's Denver Post reports on a proposal to let Colorado drivers bid for the most sought-after vanity plates. But which ones would bring in the most dough? We've got some ideas about that. Here's our top ten.
The editors.Last week, two editors of The Scout, the Overland High School student newspaper, appeared with representatives of the ACLU of Colorado to protest actions of the school's principal, who was said to have ordered the pub to shut down for the year and removed its faculty adviser over ... More >>
FlickrDespite the firing of officers involved in the Michael DeHerrera beating, the Denver Police Department continues to be a criticism target. The latest example: an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit (read it below) filed on behalf of Jose Sanchez. Among other things, it alleges DPD bi ... More >>
Seth Brigham under arrest.Seth Brigham's nipple-baring appearance at a Boulder City Council meeting in February to (sort of) protest a proposed nudity ordinance that would have banned female nipples displays led to Brigham's arrest -- an action that recently cost Boulder $10,000. But did it a ... More >>
This is NOT a mail truck.Jailers in Boulder and Colorado Springs have cracked down on inmate mail, banning personal letters and limiting prisoners to postcards that staff can monitor and intercept if the communication is objectionable. County officials say the practice saves money and makes t ... More >>
Should these (as seen in "There's Something About Mary") be illegal in Boulder?Yesterday, we told you about Boulder's Catharine Pierce, 52, whose decision to garden topless in her front yard, which is located near a pre-K through 12th grade school, stirred complaints and police calls even tho ... More >>
Last month, Boulder district attorney Stan Garnett (who weighs in today about medical marijuana) argued that the Boulder City Council should pass what he called "a simple public-nudity ordinance" regarding participants in events like the World Naked Bike Ride and the Naked Pumpkin Run. That way, sco ... More >>
During an interview for last week's blog about criticism of the Boulder Police Department's efforts to squelch a revival of the Boulder Mall Crawl this Halloween, Judd Golden, chapter chair of the Boulder County American Civil Liberties Union, mentioned another event expected to bust out that night: ... More >>
The mural in question. Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland could hardly be more mainstream. Children of all ages have read it for decade upon decade, Disney made an animated version during the Truman administration, and there'll likely be another burst of interest in the material when directo ... More >>
Although ProgressNow Colorado's Michael Huttner lived through a grilling by Fox News' Neil Cavuto, he likely made few converts among the cable net's mondo-conservative viewership. The Colorado branch of the American Civil Liberties Union is hoping for a friendlier audience for "Gitmo Revealed ... More >>
Head to Hamburger Mary's -- and then find Club M. The hottest debate-watching party in town tonight could be the ACLU's gathering at Hamburger Mary's. For the last John McCain/Barack Obama debate, close to a hundred people -- college students to grandparents -- gathered to cheer on their candidat ... More >>
Even attorney Dani Newsum doesn't know precisely how long she's been affiliated with Channel 12. She's pretty sure she started working at the station as a volunteer in 1989, then served in a series of mostly behind-the-scenes roles prior to becoming a regular panelist on Colorado Inside Out, a weekl ... More >>
So the Denver Police department wants the force in Colorado Springs to provide 58 officers for the Democratic National Convention. Yeah, that'll do it. Rest easy -- at least until the convention itself, when the cops will have their hands full even if the masses are well behaved. And if they're not ... More >>
Modern Muse forcefully revisits the suddenly timely Inherit the Wind.
Burn, baby, burn
What's in a name?
Johns TV redux
There's nothing intelligent about the way the DPD kept its spy files.
A class-action suit becomes a vehicle for racial justice.
In the rush to ban sex offenders, cities and counties may inadvertently be creating more of them down the line.
The ACLU jumps into Warren Hern's battle with Ken Scott.
Colorado's cheap solution to prison overcrowding has cost inmates plenty. It could cost the state millions.