A detailed study of Colorado's juvenile courts by a national coalition of attorneys who specialize in juvenile defense work describes the state system as plagued by turnover, case overload, confusion and judicial shortcuts that sometimes deprive the juveniles in its care of their rights -- and is mo ... More >>
As Barack Obama was visiting CSU, where he was greeted by 13,000 supporters and an attack sign with a typo, the folks behind Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, released a letter with an academic flavor. It features the signatures of 100-plus professors who back the measure, inclu ... More >>
In April, we told you about the story of Brandon Coats, a paralyzed medical marijuana patient fired from DISH Network for failing a positive drug test. Coats's complaint lost in the first round, but it's under appeal -- and with the filing of a new brief, the case is entering a new phase. See the b ... More >>
The case against Jesus Cornelio, seventeen, who allegedly caused his toddler cousin's death by shoving him while Facebooking, sparked controversy after he was charged as an adult using a method the Colorado legislature was trying to reform. That bill is now law, but Weld County DA Ken Buck is credit ... More >>
Update below: In October 2010, Denver Policeman Hector Paez was booked on a sexual assault charge for allegedly coercing a woman to perform oral sex on him to avoid going to jail. Last September, a mistrial was declared in his case, which is slated for this winter. But his accuser isn't waiting unti ... More >>
Criminals aren't terribly skilled at performing a cost-benefit analysis before embarking on their disastrous ventures, which they usually end up describing as "bad choices, Your Honor." That's all the more reason judges, lawmakers, prison officials and others in the justice system ought to th ... More >>
Charlie Brown is the man with the plan.This morning, Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown presented his proposed ordinance to regulate the city's medical marijuana dispensaries to the council's Safety Committee. We live blogged the hearing; you'll find Brown's proposal at the bottom of this p ... More >>
As the awful economic news keeps pouring out (Agile Group, anyone?), you can understand the urge to look back at the good old days. Even the bad crimes of the good old days. And so yesterday, the new Boulder District Attorney and the old Boulder Police Chief held a joint press conference to announ ... More >>
Alan Prendergast is at the center of a recent "How I Got That Story" feature. The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies is an organization devoted to publications like this one -- and to good writing in general. To that end, AAN has created a regular feature dubbed "How I Got That Story," in ... More >>
Acquitted of sexual assault, a Breckenridge bellman has turned the tables by suing his accuser in civil court.
A luxury homebuilder's dispute with customers results in a felony charge.
Reality Check (Atlantic)
From the Office of the District Attorney, July 1, 2004
The nurse, the cop, the yegg: Fate brought them together and claimed four lives. Then the newspapers stepped in, and things really got insane.
The Denver Drug Court tests a formula for reclaiming addicts.
Colorado's lieutenant governor is a hard man to pin down -- no ifs, ands or butts.
In an era of hooking up, when does a date become rape?
It's a mystery why Jerry Stevens can't get credit for his mystery-writing classes.
A jailhouse lawyer takes on The Man in Grand County.
The race is on for Boulder County District Attorney.
High crimes and pissed demeanors in Arapahoe County.
One lawyers crusade to reign in Denver's leash laws.
Raoul Wuthrich caught the Jeffco Juvenile Justice System with its pants down.
Lisl Auman had met Matthaeus Jaehnig only that morning. By day's end, he and a cop were dead--and her life was over.
Denver's entire law-enforcement community seems to think we need a bigger house. But a few holdouts say that first we need wiser law enforcement
By the time one of these investors gets his foot inside the door, your house is as good as gone.
One day, anti-stalker Michael Newell became a TV hero. But not everyone was happy about it.
A Mesa County official secretly eavesdrops on her employee's badmouthing.
Whatcha gonna do? Let a private company try to handle your juvenile delinquents?
A confessed killer snaps up a plea bargain in the wastewater murder case.
How a Denver teacher of the year victimized a Vietnamese immigrant family.
Ashley Gray didn't take candy from strangers. She did from her "Uncle Jon."
Already in jail awaiting trial in a murder-for-hire case, James Darnell allegedly can't stop plotting.
Colorado gambles millions on a second last chance for violent teens
A karaoke singer hits the high notes--and pays the price.
YOUNG DELINQUENTS CHURN OUT ARTWORK TO EARN MONEY FOR RESTITUTION.
CABLE THEFT IS A SERIOUS CRIME--BUT NOT IN TCI'S BOOK.
HE WATCHED A CRIME FROM HIS OFFICE WINDOW. NOW THEY'RE WATCHING HIM.SHOOT TO CHILL WILL WITNESS INTIMIDATION TURN THIS ASSAULT ON THE 16TH STREET MALL INTO AN OPEN-AND-SHUT CASE?
SCAMSTERS RUN SOME NEW TRICKERY PAST THE ELDERLY.