As part of our coverage of last week's shooting at Red Rocks during the Nas-Flying Lotus-Schoolboy Q concert, we've shared a detailed description of the law enforcement response from Jeffco sheriff's office rep Jacki Kelley as well as accounts from Bree Davies and Mary Willson, two Backbeat contrib ... More >>
Update: Last week, we told you about a lawsuit accusing Colorado Department of Corrections personnel with allowing mentally ill inmate Christopher Lopez to die while they watched; see our previous coverage below. Now, attorney David Lane has released a 47 minute video that compiles shocking footage ... More >>
Attorney David Lane is well known for defending speech, even when it's rude. Note his 2010 advocacy on behalf of a bar owner who faced the prospect of losing his liquor license for singing "Fuck the condo people" to the tune of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World." The latest example: Lane recen ... More >>
Last week, we told you about a lawsuit filed by Westword and High Times magazine related to the State of Colorado's rules for recreational marijuana advertising. The complaint called for a preliminary injunction against the regulations. But while a U.S. District Court judge has rejected that reques ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, we reported about a jury award of $40,000 to Robert Duran, a homeless man beaten bloody at Denver jail -- as well as the prospect that the city might decide against indemnifying the ex-deputy deemed responsible. As we noted, Denver City Attorney Doug Friednash wasn't available imm ... 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 >>
After we reported about an element of the main marijuana bill that treated pot magazines like porn, a spokesman for High Times announced an intent to sue if the section wasn't cut. Shortly thereafter, attorney David Lane said a suit would be forthcoming if the edict became law. Lane wasn't bluffing ... More >>
The Denver Police Department is no stranger to accusations of excessive force. Witness the long-running sagas of Alex Landau, Michael DeHerrera and the four women at the center of the Denver Diner case. The latest story in this category involves Bill Dau, the owner of a local gas station. An offici ... More >>
Last week, we noted a section of the main bill to regulate Amendment 64 that essentially treated marijuana magazines like porn. In the days that followed, High Times warned that a lawsuit would be in the offing if the language was included in the final version -- but it was. Now, attorney David Lan ... More >>
Last week, Daniel Zettler, a public defender in Salida, won a $43,000 settlement with the city over a 2011 bust in which he says he did nothing more than advise an arrestee to remember his rights. But the case may not be over. Attorney David Lane says he's thinking about filing another lawsuit again ... More >>
In June, attorney David Lane appeared before the Colorado Supreme Court to argue that former CU-Boulder professor Ward Churchill should be reinstated, since a jury found his firing to be payback for a controversial 9/11 essay. But on the eve of the latest 9/11 anniversary, the court rejected this b ... More >>
18th Judicial District DA Carol Chambers is in the national spotlight as the district attorney in charge of prosecuting James Holmes, the accused killer in the Aurora theater shooting. But shortly before questions about whether Chambers would seek the death penalty against Holmes, her office filed a ... More >>
Last night, the Denver City Council agreed to pay Ashford Wortham and Cornelius Campbell (plus their law firm, Kilmer, Lane & Newman) $60,000 over a 2009 traffic stop they allege was racially motivated. Attorney David Lane sees this payout as yet another example of Denver's wrongheaded approach to d ... More >>
This afternoon, just over a year after the Colorado Supreme Court agreed to hear the Ward Churchill case, attorney David Lane will appear before the jurists to argue why the professor, who was fired by CU-Boulder for reasons he sees as payback for a controversial 911 essay, should get his old job ba ... More >>
The legal battle arising from a restraining order filed by the City of Boulder against Seth Brigham, its most annoying critic. has gotten more complex. According to attorney David Lane, Brigham has rejected a settlement offer from Boulder, whose reps are expected to participate in a conference call ... More >>
We recently told you about Adams County's decision to fork over $20,000 after a deputy took down career criminal Mario Ybarra while trying to fingerprint him. At the time, attorney David Lane decried the lack of punishment for those who'd filed false reports. Now, the Adams County Sheriff's Office h ... More >>
When I spoke to attorney David Lane about the Adams County's $20,000 payout to prisoner Mario Ybarra, who was thumped by deputies after he gave them grief over a troublesome fingerprint device, I asked about his demand for every document related to excessive force complaints against Denver cops and ... More >>
Another day, another cash payout for alleged law-enforcement brutality. This time, it's Adams County agreeing to fork over $20,000 after a deputy took down career criminal Mario Ybarra while trying to fingerprint him. And although attorney David Lane is happy to accept the money, he's upset that suc ... More >>
Yesterday's hearing for an injunction on behalf of Occupy Denver came with an unfair share of sarcasm and surprises, but one stood out far beyond the others: While one document from Officer James Henning suggested a plan to stay the current course until the occupation "wears itself out," anot ... More >>
Occupy SNIAGRAB!Honk if you're interested in what will happen in court today when David Lane pushes for an injunction against enforcement of ordinances he feels restrict Occupy Denver's free speech rights. Lane charges that the City and County of Denver has used these ordinances against the p ... More >>
Update: Two of the charges incurred by supporters of Occupy Denver in recent weeks were dropped over the weekend when the city attorney's office decided against officially filing in both cases. The most notable of the two instances is that of Natalie Wyatt, who has since enlisted as a plaintiff on t ... More >>
Update below: Attorney David Lane lauded Judge John Kane for threatening to fine the City of Denver if reps delayed releasing eight years of excessive-force complaints against cops and sheriff's deputies for the Jason Graber brutality case. Now, city attorneys have agreed to settle the Graber matter ... More >>
Jason Graber.In July, Judge John Kane, ruling in a brutality case brought by Jason Graber, ordered Denver to release every document related to excessive force complaints against cops and sheriff's deputies for eight years. "Further obstruction will not be tolerated," he added, and he meant it ... More >>
Lovely LaLa Vazquez. It pains my heart to see strained relationships. Why can't everyone just get along? Since it's the season of love, I've created Kenny Be Valentine's cards, intended to calm the cantankerous and help bring impassioned parties together. Below, LaLa's heartfelt offer of love ... More >>
AFA chapel.Attorney David Lane may have lost his last high-profile case -- an excessive-force complaint against Denver cop/ex-American Gladiators contestant Vicki Ferrari -- but he's hardly shying away from taking on big challenges. Note that he's just filed a lawsuit against the Air Force Ac ... More >>
Murray Martinez.Attorney David Lane is well known for defending the likes of controversial CU professor Ward Churchill on First Amendment grounds. So it's no surprise he's representing Murray Martinez, owner of Golden's venerable Buffalo Rose, against an attempt to revoke the venue's liquor l ... More >>
Douglas Bruce.The resolution of the latest case against tax-hater Douglas Bruce has been portrayed by the press as a mixed bag. True, Bruce wasn't held in contempt for not testifying in a lawsuit involving Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 -- but the judge ordered him to testify about ... More >>
Douglas Bruce.Coloradans for Responsible Reform has tons of money to fight tax-cutting amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, not to mention some heavy hitters in its corner; for instance, its spokesman, Dan Hopkins, used to do the same job for Governor Bill Owens. So what's one of its key ... More >>
David Lane is keeping to his "nice" timetable.On Tuesday, we told you about attorney David Lane's threat to sue if the University of Wyoming didn't reverse its ban of Weather Underground co-founder William Ayers by noon the following day. When asked if he would file paperwork the next day if ... More >>
David Lane has given the University of Wyoming a very short deadline.Attorney David Lane loves big issues and controversial clients, including former CU professor Ward Churchill, wrongfully convicted Timothy Masters or Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene. And now, he's taken on another cause that' ... More >>
David Lane doesn't want to depose anyone packing heat.Last week, a motion for a protective order was filed on behalf of the City and County of Denver, Denver cop Shawn Miller and two other "unknown Denver Police Department officers." The issue? Attorney David Lane, who represents Jason Antho ... More >>
"I agree with Mason Tvert about something? AARGH!"At first blush (and second) (and third), marijuana advocate Mason Tvert and Jon Caldara, frontman for the conservative Independence Institute, are strange bedfellows. But today, they're partners in a legal love match. They're among the plaint ... More >>
Wasn't chasing this sucker more fun than rescuing Mr. Whiskers?Two weeks ago, David Lane, attorney for Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene, griped that a $47,000-plus restitution charge for leading law-enforcement officials on a wild experimental-craft chase was way too high. That complaint has no ... More >>
"On second thought, you guys should pay me!"We knew Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene wouldn't go away quietly. But with the help of attorney David Lane, he's managing to make noise even while serving a jail sentence for pretending that his son, Falcon, had floated away in an inflatable silver ch ... More >>
David Lane has a way with four-letter words -- like "kill."In the battle over resentencing Edward Montour Jr., an inmate who faces possible execution for the 2002 murder of a corrections officer at the Limon prison, defense attorney David Lane has accused the death-penalty team of prosecutors ... More >>
As you can see by the Associated Press footage above, Balloon Boy parents Richard and Mayumi Heene weren't forced to do a perp walk when turning themselves in to Larimer County authorities, as their attorney, David Lane, had feared. Instead, the process was orderly and low key, unlike pretty much ... More >>
David Lane represents Richard Heene. It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.Update below: Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett was appointed as special prosecutor after lawyer David Lane accused Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden of breaking the law by talking about a child-abuse inv ... More >>
David Lane, attorney for Richard Heene, has got some fancy lawyering to do. And he's ready.David Lane, attorney for Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene, says he doesn't have enough fingers to plug all the info leaks coming from the office of Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden. On Friday, Alderden ... More >>
David Lane hits the national airwaves -- and doesn't have to talk about Ward Churchill.Attorney David Lane tends to take cases that have Big Picture, constitutional issues at stake: His clients in recent years have included Carol Kreck, who was arrested for protesting a John McCain campaign a ... More >>
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