Did the city of Denver's "failure to reasonably maintain" Red Rocks amphitheater cause rocks to fall on concertgoers in 2011? That's the question at the heart of an ongoing lawsuit between the city and four people who were injured in the rockfall. The case is currently moving through the Colorado Co ... More >>
What began as a trickle is now a flood. Mere weeks after an Adams County judge ruled Colorado's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore issued a similar finding. However, Moore stayed his order (on view below) until 8 a.m. on August 25 and Colorado Attorney Gener ... More >>
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by seven Denver teachers who claim that the district used a provision of the state's landmark teacher effectiveness law to get rid of them without due process. Denver District Court Judge Michael Martinez found that since the law makes no mention of "tenure," lo ... More >>
Four people who were injured by falling rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September 2011 are suing the city of Denver, which owns Red Rocks. In all, seven people were hit by rocks during the encore of a Sound Tribe Sector 9 show, but only four have filed lawsuits. They claim that the city was lax i ... More >>
Since 2012, we've been reporting about DISH's firing of Brandon Coats, a paralyzed medical marijuana patient, after he failed a drug test. Coats's lawsuit over the issue has failed in Arapahoe District Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals. It's now headed to the Colorado Supreme Court, where pow ... More >>
Yesterday, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that Amendment 64 applies retroactively to defendants whose actions would have been legal under the measure and were appealing convictions when it became law. A64 co-author Brian Vicente has called the decision a huge victory, while Colorado Attorney Ge ... More >>
The folks at the Colorado Bar Association have weed on their mind. For the December edition of its "Legal Lines" column, the CBA considered whether marijuana attorneys are violating professional ethics by representing clients who break federal law (even if what they're doing is perfectly fine in Col ... More >>
The Colorado Court of Appeals has rejected efforts by a group of park lovers to stop construction of a new school on eleven acres of open space in the Cherry Creek corridor -- land that the city designated as a natural area six years ago but that the Hancock administration declared was "blighted" an ... More >>
In 2010, we reported that David Bueno's murder conviction had been vacated because of withheld evidence. Attorney David Lane pointed the finger of blame at then-18th Judicial District DA Carol Chambers -- a claim vigorously denied by a Chambers associate committed to appealing the decision. Now, th ... More >>
Last year, Brandon Coats, a paralyzed medical marijuana patient fired by DISH for failing a drug test, filed a complaint over the issue in Arapahoe District Court. When he lost there, attorney Michael Evans brought the case to the Colorado Court of Appeals, where jurists also rejected Coats's argume ... More >>
Last year, Brandon Coats, a paralyzed medical marijuana patient fired by DISH for failing a drug test, filed a complaint over the issue in Arapahoe District Court. When he lost there, attorney Michael Evans brought the case to the Colorado Court of Appeals. Now, those jurists have also rejected Coa ... More >>
Thomas Eric Espinoza, who beat a female neighbor to death and then attempted to mount an insanity defense, has had his conviction upheld by the Colorado Court of Appeals. The case had posed numerous legal challenges, largely because of Espinoza's insistence on representing himself at trial while ple ... More >>
We've recently shared with you the story of Brandon Coats, a paralyzed medical marijuana patient fired by DISH Network for failing a drug test. Coats's appeal is moving forward -- but it turns out he's not the only MMJ patient with a case against DISH. Meet Sonny Meyers.
Last year, marijuana activists asked the Colorado Supreme Court to hear the appeal of a precedent-setting case involving MMJ patient Jason Beinor, who was fired from his job for failing a drug test. Now, by a 3-2 vote, the Supremes have declined to take up the matter -- a decision the plaintiffs see ... More >>
Call it the latest legal frontier in the city's cab wars. A recent Colorado Court of Appeals decision, reinstating a severely injured Denver Yellow Cab driver's lawsuit against the company's insuror for allegedly failing to offer him adequate insurance, may open the door for similar claims by othe ... More >>
The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that political organizations dubbed 527s can spend unlimited funds for state candidates as long as the ads they're financing don't include so-called "magic words" such as "vote for" or "defeat." The decision is a disappointment for Colorado Ethics Watch, which b ... More >>
The Colorado Court of Appeals has weighed in on the question of whether a medical marijuana patient can smoke while completing a probationary sentence that specifically nixes drug use. The judges' answer in a decision on view below? A resounding "no" justified in part by references to the case of Ja ... More >>
Kathleen Chippi.On June 30, Kathleen Chippi and supporters filed a lawsuit claiming that medical marijuana regulations violate the state constitution, which made MMJ legal in Colorado. Now, the state has responded by arguing in part that patients don't have a fundamental right to use medical ... More >>
Craig Nassi and the Beauvallon Corp, original owners of the beleaguered Beauvallon building, won a round in the Colorado Court of Appeals, where last week a three-judge panel reversed the findings of Denver District Court Judge Norm Haglund, and tossed a verdict worth more than a million to M ... More >>
Ward Churchill.Last November, when the Colorado Court of Appeals rejected ex-CU prof Ward Churchill's bid to get his old job back, attorney David Lane admitted that "the odds of either the Colorado Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court looking at the case are slim." But he and Churchill hav ... More >>
As described in "Bedtime Story," Molly Midyette was sentenced to sixteen years for the death of her infant son, Jason, in one of the most sensational Boulder cases in years -- something she now says was unfair because her ex-husband Alex Midyette and his powerful family allegedly sabotaged he ... More >>
Corry and Marzano.Update: Yesterday, the Fort Collins Police Department returned growing equipment and other property seized from medical marijuana grower Frank Marzano way back in 2007, during a hunt for a fugitive that turned into a pot raid. Last year, a Colorado court ruled that the searc ... More >>
Brian Vicente.In February, a meeting of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's medical marijuana advisory committee resulted in a definition of caregivers that cheered committee member Jill Lamoureux, who called it "movement forward for patient and caregiver rights." Now, ... More >>
Whitmer.The Colorado Court of Appeals recently rejected ex-CU professor Ward Churchill's bid to get his old job back. Benjamin Whitmer, whose Try-Works blog rallied pro-Churchill forces when the controversy over his firing was at its hottest, thinks that's wrong. But he's moved on from what h ... More >>
Ward Churchill.Controversial University of Colorado at Boulder professor Ward Churchill has lost his latest bid to get his old job back, with the Colorado Court of Appeals upholding Denver District Court judge Larry Naves's earlier ruling; read it in its entirety below. The decision angers Ch ... More >>
Jeering the judges to help cheer the bench. After the election-day stress of choosing the least objectionable candidate and making sense of the Amendments, voters are asked to decide upon the retention of a mysterious list of unknown State, District and County judges. In an effort to help edu ... More >>
Krystal Voss.As any viewer of MSNBC's Lockup knows, prison is about punishment, plain and simple, not rehabilitation or even "correction." But does that mean it has to be dehumanizing, too? Put aside the sadistic guards and power-mad wardens of pulp fiction who enjoy making their charges gro ... More >>
Is Cam the Ram about to become Cambo?Colorado State University System officials voted unanimously Wednesday to rescind the school's hotly contested campus gun ban in response to a court ruling last month that wiped out a similar prohibition at CU-Boulder. The CSU ban, which was passed earlie ... More >>
The University of Colorado at Boulder's on-campus gun ban has been junked by the Colorado Court of Appeals. So how to promote gun safety if attendees can begin arming themselves before chem class? Perhaps by adapting DIRC (Dangerous Irresponsible Rider on Campus), a program intended to promote safe ... More >>
As promised, the Rocky Mountain Gun Owner's Club has filed suit against Colorado State University for its board's recent ban of concealed weapons on campus. With the suit filed on the same day as a Colorado Court of Appeals decision to throw out CU-Boulder's similar ban, it might have more am ... More >>
Keeping track of all the individuals and organizations duking it out on the front lines of the state's medical-marijuana debate is trickier than picking through the med strains at your corner dispensary. To help weed through the chaos, we've created this guide to the state's top marijuana pow ... More >>
"When I said, 'Put that in your pipe and smoke it,' I didn't mean it like that!"Attorney General John Suthers has been the high-ranking state official most likely to imply that the sky is falling in relation to medical marijuana. No wonder he cheered a Colorado Court of Appeals ruling in the ... More >>
The Colorado Court of Appeals ruling in the Stacey Clendenin case, which stated that medical-marijuana caregivers must do more than simply supply the product in question, led the state's board of health to strike its caregiver definition -- a move that's caused confusion and panic among medic ... More >>
As Patricia Calhoun points out in this morning's Wake-Up Call, the Colorado Board of Health is holding an "Emergency Rulemaking Hearing" at 10:30 a.m. this morning; it takes place in Building A at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment headquarters, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive S ... More >>
"Does 'regulatory whiplash' count as a medical-marijuana ailment?"State medical-marijuana rules have always been ridiculously vague and confusing, leading to the riotous growth of the local dispensary industry. Last week, the Colorado Court of Appeals weighed in on the matter, and this mornin ... More >>
"Why is everyone getting so worked up over little ol' me?"In September, Joel Warner wrote a blog entitled "Could Clendenin Case Deal a Blow to Colorado's Pot Biz?" Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, who's been trying to put the medical-marijuana genie back in the bottle, certainly hopes ... More >>
Headed West owner Mike Mahaney in front of his mural.Just because the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled against the City of Englewood in its effort to get rid of an Alice In Wonderland-inspired mural featuring a hookah-puffing insect doesn't mean Headed West owner Mike Mahaney, the man who comm ... More >>
As noted in this week's cover story, "Pot of Gold," while Colorado's Amendment 20, which legalized marijuana in 2000, does not cover the subject of marijuana dispensaries, a flood of such operations are opening statewide under the auspices of a complicated legal framework that's evolved withi ... More >>
Carol Chambers. As Westword's Alan Prendergast has reported in a series of blogs, Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour Jr. has ordered district attorney Carol Chambers to appoint a special prosecutor in the case of Julie Stene, who says she was sexually assaulted after a 2000 high school gr ... More >>
Now that John Hickenlooper has voted, he can get back to the budget. Boo! Want to avoid scary lines on November 4? You can still ask for a mail-in-ballot through 5 p.m. October 28 -- but that's putting a lot of faith in our election commissions, their crazy California printers and the U.S. posta ... More >>
Commerce City is taking the Enclave BDSM club all the way to the Supreme Court.
The Colorado Court of Appeals upholds a sentence based on questionable evidence.
Despite the smoking ban, patrons are still happily smoking away inside Paris on the Platte at 15th and Platte streets. The venerable coffee shop is holding firm that it is exempt from the state's new Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act because it derives more than 5 percent of total gross income from toba ... More >>
In most legal disputes between big business and the general public, business has a huge advantage when it comes to resources and the ability to sustain court challenges over the long term. But that's not the case in the ongoing quarrel between local TV and radio stations and folks who live in the vi ... More >>
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DA Dave Thomas surrenders the case against wayward juror Laura Kriho.
With the right defendant pulling the strings, Colorado's domestic-violence system can be tied into knots. A victim's story.
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