Criminal Law

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    October 29, 2014

    Would Personhood Measure Amendment 67 Ban In Vitro Fertilization?

    If you ask those in favor of Amendment 67 and those opposed to it what it would do, you'll get very different answers. Opponents say it would ban abortion. Supporters say that's not the point. The point, they say, is to make it so unborn babies are treated the same as people in the Colorado criminal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Will juvenile lifers get a reprieve? Inside Colorado Supreme Court hearing

    This week, Colorado Supreme Court justices heard arguments from lawyers representing three juvenile offenders currently serving mandatory life without parole -- a sentence now considered unconstitutional. The Supreme Court's decision in one of these cases could affect how Colorado treats its juvenil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Orange Is the New Black author Piper Kerman talks prison reform

    Since getting out of prison in 2005, Piper Kerman has been pounding the pulpit for criminal-justice reform. Her prison memoir, Orange Is the New Black , attracted the attention of producer Jenji Kohan, who adapted it into a critically acclaimed Netflix series. Kerman has used the success of the show ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Prison, nonviolent criminals and saving money with a "game changer"

    Last month, two new reports on Colorado's prison system urged officials to get smarter in how they spend precious tax dollars -- specifically, in how they classify and monitor high-risk offenders, while figuring out which inmates are more in need of rehab than expensive cell time. Now, a pilot pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Marijuana: Eric Holder calls for drug-sentencing reform but is silent on Colorado pot law

    Earlier this month, the White House announced hardline drug czar Gil Kerlikowske's nomination as the new U.S. Commissioner of Customs -- a move that caused some observers to wonder if the Obama administration was finally laying the groundwork for a more progressive approach to state marijuana laws l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Miguel Ita stabbing: DA frustrated by new rules for charging fifteen year olds as adults

    Last week, we told you about the decision of the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office to name Miguel Angel Ita, fifteen, as the prosecutorial target in a fatal Lakewood stabbing and begin the procedure to try him as an adult. That process has changed, and not for the better in the view of Je ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    "Big Bitch" policy divides DA candidates George Brauchler, Leslie Hansen

    This week's feature, "Sucker Punch," traces how an assault at a heavy metal concert turned into a habitual criminal prosecution in Arapahoe County, with one of the defendants facing a mountain of time while the other got probation. In the three-way race for district attorney in the 18th Judicial Dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Marijuana: DA Stan Garnett defends telling feds to back off Boulder MMCs

    Update:This week, Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney John Walsh asking him not to send seizure threats to any Boulder medical marijuana dispensaries conforming to state and local land use regulations. When asked about the note, Walsh's spokesman said his boss woul ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011
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    June 30, 2011

    Michael Hancock prostitution story: Do Denver cops have different rules for mayor-elect, press?

    Michael Hancock.​Although the uproar over reports allegedly linking mayor-elect Michael Hancock to the Denver Players prostitution operation has died down, one journalist -- Complete Colorado's Todd Shepherd, who broke the story in the first place -- isn't giving up. But he's hit a roadblock w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Medical marijuana: Rob Corry wouldn't sign MMJ clean-up bill if he were John Hickenlooper

    Rob Corry.​Last October, attorney Rob Corry wrote to John Hickenlooper to ask the then-Denver mayor to stop prosecuting Lacy Lee, a woman busted for smoking pot at a pro-cannabis rally; the case was later dropped. Now, Corry's written to Hick again, this time to offer expert analysis on HB 104 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    ACLU objects to Ken Buck's comments after $295K Operations Numbers Game settlement

    Ken Buck.​In 2008, the Weld County Sheriff's Office raided Amalia's Translation and Tax Service in Greeley as part of Operations Numbers Game, an effort to bust identity thieves who were also undocumented immigrants. The ACLU filed suit over the action -- and this week, Weld District Attorney/ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Columbine effect 12 years later: Are schools and cops going too far in prosecuting juveniles?

    Evie Hudak​In the dozen years since the Columbine shootings, school officials have become hypervigilant about potential troublemakers in their midst -- so hyper, in fact, that state lawmakers are now seeking a formal review of school disciplinary procedures to determine if principals are too q ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Jacob Christenson arson case: Denver Post backpedals on story, confused about kid stuff

    Jacob & Mom.​Cloaked in secrecy, juvenile court matters are so rarely covered in Colorado that it's been instructive watching the Denver Post fumble a bit in its reporting on Jacob Christenson, the eleven-year-old in Parker charged with second-degree arson over a fire that caused $195,000 in d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Dog attack: Bicyclist Renee Legro, mauled for twenty minutes, sues sheep herders

    Nice doggie.​What do you get when you mix Colorado's growing culture of outdoors enthusiasts with the state's dying breed of mountain ranchers? If you're Renee Legro of Glenwood Springs, the answer is a twenty-minute attack during a bicycle race that resulted in hundreds of stitches, not to m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Children behind bars: Why Colorado is trigger-happy when it comes to sentencing kids like Alan Sudduth as adults

    Alan Sudduth was sixteen years old when prosecutors charged him as an adult.​Our cover story this week recounts the tale of Alan Sudduth, a juvenile who was sentenced to seventy years in prison in 1996 for the murder of a cab driver -- even though a recent hearing showed that the prosecution's ... More >>

  • News

    May 29, 2008

    The Good, The Bad & The Mad

    What happens to the mentally ill in the justice system is just crazy.

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2007

    The Last Six to Face Life for Juvenile Crimes

    Before 2006, juveniles charged as adults and convicted of first degree murder in Colorado faced one sentence: Mandatory life without parole. Last summer, the state legislature showed some mercy by changing the law to allow "juvie lifers" to at least be eligible for parole after forty years. But the ... More >>

  • News

    April 26, 2007

    Who's Sorry Now?

    A look at the revolving door of term limits.

  • News

    March 17, 2005

    Sis Boom Bah

    In one afternoon, this Montbello student went from cheerleading to lockup.

  • News

    September 30, 2004

    Anatomy of a Cover-up

    Days after the Columbine shootings, Jeffco officials were already lying about what they knew. What about now?

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    September 23, 2004

    Anatomy of a Cover-up

    Days after the Columbine shootings, Jeffco officials were already lying about what they knew. What about now?

  • News

    July 29, 2004

    Law and Order

    Denver's DA candidates take a seat in the docket.

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    November 13, 2003

    Scratching the Bitch

    Joseph Paiva was born defective, but prosecutors stamped him a habitual criminal.

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    October 2, 2003

    Bad Boys

    Denver's Juvenile Court just turned one hundred. The next years could be rough.

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    November 22, 2001

    The Shifting Drug War

    The pendulum is swinging back from stiff mandatory sentences for drug offenses.

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    November 22, 2001

    Disorder in the Court

    Judge John Kane has seen too many casualties in the War on Drugs. Now he demands a government retreat.

  • News

    June 28, 2001

    Dead Reckoning

    Donta Page's sentence revives Colorado's death-penalty debate -- but brings no closure. The Conclusion of "Penalty Zone."

  • News

    June 7, 2001

    Murderers' Row

    Until two years ago, Colorado juries weighed whether men deserved to die. Now judges decide their fate.

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    October 19, 2000

    Justice, Boulder Style

    The county will soon have its first new DA in 28 years. But in order for justice to be done, former cop Steve Thomas thinks the office needs a complete overhaul.

  • News

    June 1, 2000

    Unnecessary Roughness

    A Denver Bronco's domestic-violence case gets complicated.

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    March 23, 2000

    Locked Up for Life

    Is life imprisonment the solution for juvenile offenders?

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    March 16, 2000

    Sight Unseen

    Carole Abbott was an expert witness in child sex-abuse cases. What she witnessed at home was a different matter.

  • News

    February 24, 2000

    Unlawful Entry

    The high price of Denver's drug war: lies, bad busts, cops in harm's way -ó and the death of an innocent man.

  • News

    February 3, 2000

    Take the Money and Run

    It took sixteen years and international extradition, but the Colorado Attorney Generalís Office finally got its man.

  • News

    July 15, 1999

    I'm Sorry, Really I Am

    Communities rely on old techniques for a new style of justice.

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    October 1, 1998
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    August 27, 1998

    Odor in the Court

    A police sting on a perfume dealer nets a small-time amount of goods--plus two vehicles. The dealer says the whole thing stinks.

  • News

    May 7, 1998

    Say It Loud

    Anne Sulton missed out on the civil-rights movement of the Sixties. Now she's making up for it.

  • News

    August 28, 1997

    A Closet Full of Suits

    When Paula Larsen feels wronged, she sues--and she never lets go.

  • News

    June 12, 1997

    Mutual Contempt

    A defense attorney accused of being disrespectful to a judge is off the hook--for now.

  • News

    March 6, 1997

    A Fight to the Death

    Frank Rodriguez was sentenced to die twelve years ago. Are we there yet?

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    February 20, 1997
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    January 23, 1997

    Beyond Contempt

    A judge and a prosecutor in Gilpin County are after a new breed of criminals: jurors and defense attorneys.

  • News

    December 19, 1996

    Black Marks

    The Denver Police Department acts like it has something to hide about its clash with students at Thomas Jefferson High School. It does.

  • News

    October 24, 1996

    Motion to Dismiss

    Should Judge Lynne Hufnagel be benched? Ask the bankrupt cabbies, bullied witnesses and banished lawyers who've tasted her bitter brand of justice.

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    October 17, 1996

    Trial by Ire

    The candidates in the Denver's DA's race refuse to come to order.

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    July 11, 1996

    Jack's Back

    The state had an opportunity to lock up rapist and career criminal Jack Ainsworth for good. Now it's too late.

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    May 24, 1995
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