Cab drivers in Denver face a lot of challenges, as Joel Warner outlines in his current cover story, "Street Fights." They not only have to pay high lease rates for company cars, but then have trouble making ends meet because of stiff competition on the streets not just from other taxi companies, but ... More >>
Jesse Morreale was back at the Webb building this morning for yet another hearing involving his First Avenue Hotel, home to Sketch and El Diablo, winner of our Best New Bar in 2011 and a place that continues to pack in the crowds. The status of these spots, and the circa 1905 building that houses th ... More >>
A bill that would have used $10 million in medical marijuana patient registration fees for drug-treatment programs has been gutted for the second year in a row. The Representative Beth McCann-sponsored House Bill 1238, would have transferred $10 million over the next four years from the medical mari ... More >>
Representative Beth McCann's proposal to shift millions in medical marijuana patient registry fees from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment to the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, failed to pass through the Senate today. But the controversy it started regarding the nearly $10 mi ... More >>
In the summer of 2010, 21 past and present Yellow Cab drivers -- all African immigrants -- filed a lawsuit in federal court, charging that the taxi company had favored American drivers and billed plaintiffs for questionable fees. The lawsuit was dismissed at the request of the filers after Yellow Ca ... More >>
The Denver Drug Court's treatment program is split into more than a handful of individualized tracks, but until earlier this month, none catered specifically to the needs of veterans. While they make up 5 to 8 percent of the 850 people enrolled, vets remain the least likely to receive help. They're ... More >>
And the verdict is in: Justice may occasionally be blind, but it is not deaf. Called up for jury duty this week at Denver District Court, I got a quick canned lesson -- via a video narrated by Ed Sardella -- of our civic duty, backed by a real lesson in humanity, as assorted citizens offered ... More >>
Courtney Bowles. Should a school notify parents when a teacher is arrested -- a teacher such as Courtney Bowles, who was busted for getting naked with a student; Alex Tinsley, who police say asked a student if she wanted to join the Mile High Club; or Travis Masse, who police say had a sextin ... More >>
Videos below.Update below: A lawsuit filed this morning in Denver District Court challenges the legality of a Douglas County voucher program set to go into effect this fall partly on the grounds that it diverts public money to religious institutions. Yet plaintiffs include the Interfaith Alli ... More >>
Keenu TiymeBarring a last-minute deal, attorneys will be picking a jury Monday morning in Denver District Court to decide the fate of Keenu Tiyme -- more than two-and-a-half years after the body piercer was arrested and charged with the gruesome death of his ex-wife, 39-year-old tattoo artist ... More >>
See closeup below.In March, we told you about the search for and capture of Jacob Joseph Medina, sexually violent predator. Well, here we go again. Medina was supposed to register with the Denver Police Department on August 4, but didn't -- so a warrant has been issued for his arrest. And as ... More >>
Robert Chase.Update below: It only took a day for the Department of Revenue to blink. The DOR had planned for this morning's first meeting of its new medical marijuana advisory working group to be closed to the public. But thanks to complaints from two notable MMJ advocates, Cannabis Therapy ... More >>
Erik Osborn, already sentenced to ten years in community corrections earlier this month, will be back in Denver District Court today for a second trial. He's again charged with felony theft, for again allegedly using funds raised from one development project for another. Osborn's first convi ... More >>
Jacob Joseph Medina has several distinguishing marks...
The first-ever Colorado Cannabis Convention almost ended before it began. That's because the original promoter, Raymond Springsteel and Boulder Talent Agency, which had booked the Colorado Convention Center for a pot convention this coming weekend, apparently disappeared after collecting -- a ... More >>
He missed a court date at the end of November -- but disgraced developer Erik Osborn showed up in plenty of time for his trial in Denver District Court, which got under way on Monday. The crux of this case is Osborn's involvement with One Lincoln Park, and how he allegedly diverted money fro ... More >>
Photo by Robert FisherFour patients don't want Centennial to dispense with a dispensary.Medical-marijuana patients and providers, as well as the attorneys who argue on their behalf, haven't always found the courts to be in their corner. Witness the controversial ruling in the Stacy Clendenin ... More >>
Although an arrest warrant was issued for disgraced developer Erik Osborn last Thursday, he's back on the right side of the law...for now. Turns out that Osborn may not have known he had to appear at the pre-trial hearing in Denver District Court on November 19 (it's tough to keep track of e ... More >>
Photo by Joel WarnerA photo from the last Board of Health meeting about medical marijuana earlier this month.Medical-marijuana entrepreneurs and patients, among others, have been waiting with trepidation for the next Board of Health meeting, slated for December 16, at which its recent tweak o ... 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 >>
A Flickr photo.Last Thursday, several of the state's prominent pot lawyers filed a motion to void a recent Colorado Board of Health decision to strike from its rules what it means to be a marijuana caregiver -- a move that upended the burgeoning medical marijuana industry. Starting at 8:30 a. ... More >>
Do medical-marijuana caregivers only have to supply medical marijuana? Or must they do something "more"?On November 5, medical-marijuana advocates filed a motion to void a state Board of Health ruling striking its previous definition of caregiver. During a subsequent conversation with Westwor ... More >>
Joel WarnerThe controversial Board of Health hearingDuring the emergency Colorado Board of Health hearing Tuesday that struck from state rules what, exactly, it means to be a marijuana caregiver and sent the state's medical marijuana community into turmoil, prominent pot lawyer Rob Corry told ... More >>
Closed and out of luck The lights are on and the Open sign still hangs by the door at 1630 Welton Street, but that door is locked tight and the phone, which no one answered last week, is now disconnected. Looks like Chopsticks & Sushi is officially closed. But then, owner Yan De Yang is in j ... More >>
The sky's the limit this week. Or is it? From a discussion of the view at Coors Field to consideration of a proposed DIA expansion to conventions including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the fortieth annual international UFO Symposium, things are looking up -- way ... More >>
The fireworks started early for the 4th. Early last week, we got a call from a reporter in Mankato, Minnesota, researching a story about Steve Horner, the anti-ladies night crusader who started his fight in that state (where he wound up in jail for harassing the head of Minnesota's civil rights co ... More >>
Craig Nassi. Last week, we told you about a Denver District Court finding against developer Craig Nassi, who was judged to be liable for more than $1 million in damages for fradulently misrepresenting the availability of parking spaces in the Beauvallon, on East Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Street, to ... More >>
Craig Nassi. This week, the Denver Post reports, a Denver District Court judge ruled that developer Craig Nassi is "personally liable for $1,046,250 in damages for fraudulent misrepresentation as he negotiated how many parking spaces would be available for Club Matrix, a high-end fitness gym and sp ... More >>
If you want to work out in style, you head to the Denver Athletic Club. From the seafood medley served up in the club tavern to the shoe-shine stand, this 124-year-old institution is where the snobs go to sweat. It would seem obvious, therefore, that the DAC would be an ideal stomping ground for “ ... More >>
As noted in Westword's January 31 cover story, "The Player," before longtime scam artist Amadeus Harlan started his latest venture, Harlan21, he worked at Legal Aid National Services, Inc., or LANS Corp., a legal-aid operation in Denver that many former employees have accused of unsavory practices. ... More >>
The reorganization of the Denver Post newsroom, teased in this July 6 More Messages blog, has finally been completed, according to an e-mail penned by editor Greg Moore that was sent to staffers late on the afternoon of July 10. The communique, which is reproduced below, indicates how massive this u ... More >>
After years of being studiously – insultingly – ignored, I was finally called up for jury duty in Denver District Court a few years ago. I was eager to do my civic duty, particularly since the courtroom where I was sent along with dozens of other potential jurors was set to hear a bar-assault ca ... More >>
The chains around Terra Ramirez's feet clanked on the wooden jury box as she was escorted into Denver District Court today for her sentencing. Terra (left, above) was facing up to fifteen 15 years in prison for her role in a drive-by shooting in the summer of 2005. Judge Christina Habas pushed a b ... More >>
Denver District Court Judges
Plutonium lasts forever, but the radioactive fallout from 2002 should be mercifully brief. Don your Rocky Flats moonsuits and jump in!
A dry idea
With the right defendant pulling the strings, Colorado's domestic-violence system can be tied into knots. A victim's story.
A court reporter accuses Judge Jeffrey Bayless of on-the-job harassment.
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CRIME MAY NOT PAY, BUT ELECTRONIC HOME DETENTION SURE DOES.
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A SCHOOL-BOARD HOPEFUL DEFAULTED ON HIS STUDENT LOAN.
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