The judge in the Aurora theater shooting case has ordered gunman James Holmes to undergo a second mental evaluation by a different psychiatrist. Holmes was first examined last summer by Dr. Jeffrey Metzner. But prosecutors alleged that Metzner's evaluation contained "numerous deficiencies" and that ... More >>
This past week, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, dubbed the "Underwear Bomber" after a failed attempt to bring down an airliner in December 2009, joined the ranks of Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber), Terry Nichols (who conspired with Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing) and others as one of the most ... More >>
Big photos below.Disgraced ex-Illinois governor Rod "Blago" Blagojevich isn't the only infamous convict likely to be Colorado bound. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, dubbed the Underwear Bomber after a failed attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airplane on Christmas 2009, has been sentenced to life ... More >>
Robert Hood.A former warden at the highest-security prison in the country -- the federal supermax prison outside Florence -- has some intriguing advice for fixing the nation's troubled, budget-draining corrections system in the coming year. Intriguing, in part, because some of the changes Rob ... More >>
Anwar al-Awlaki. Anwar al-Awlaki, a cleric with alleged ties to the Fort Hood shootings and the underwear bomber, was reportedly killed in Yemen, but his death strikes close to home. Born in New Mexico, he attended Colorado State, where he studied civil engineering and attended a mosque near ... More >>
No. 3.The 9/11 events being memorialized on Sunday, ten years after they shook the world, didn't take place in Colorado. But our state has no shortage of connections to terrorists -- and not only because plenty of them are housed at Florence's Supermax facility. Below, we look at the most pr ... More >>
Brett Reese.A recent Melanie Asmar post spotlighted Greeley school board member Brett Reese's fondness for a letter claiming Martin Luther King Jr. was a sexual degenerate, a Communist and a modern-day "plastic god" prompted laughter from one reader. Of course, there's nothing funny about su ... More >>
On January 22, new President Barack Obama signed an executive order promising that Guantanamo would go -- within a year. But closing the prison in Cuba -- and figuring out where to put the 229 suspected terrorists now held there -- has proved complicated. Moving at least some of them to facil ... More >>
Sean Penn delivers a soulful road movie and refuses to define his subject.
Is Thomas Silverstein a prisoner of his own deadly past — or the first in a new wave of locked-down lifers?
The shackled plaintiff testified by video hookup from a holding cell in the control unit of the highest security federal pen in the country. His lawyers were students from the University of Denver who havenâ€™t yet passed the bar. But Mark Jordan was determined to have his day in court. Three days ... More >>
It can be tricky, running the toughest prison in the entire country, but it's hardly ever dull. One day you're getting blasted by lawmakers because security is too lax and convicted terrorists are managing to send letters out to new recruits. The next you're in the doghouse with a federal judge beca ... More >>
Ask most folks to name Colorado's next celebrity resident and they'll likely namecheck terroristic wannabe Zacarias Moussaoui, who's expected to take up residence at Supermax, the Florence lockup that's the current home of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and plenty of other well-known psychopaths. (Here's t ... More >>
Denver's about to get The Real World, but four years ago we had a shot at getting a much bigger piece of a world that was -- and remains -- all too painfully real. "In the name of Allah," began the 29-page, handwritten pleading filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on ... More >>
The free-speech chickens come home to roost at CU.
From the week of November 27, 2003
A tale of two Arnolds
February 27, 2003
Federal prisoners' fight to get the word out reaches unprintable extremes.
Denver is such a world-class town that even terrorists want to visit!
The government says he killed more people than Tim McVeigh. He lives in a cell a hundred miles from Denver. So how come you've never heard of La Quica?
From the week of August 3
Denver readies itself for a bio-bomb — but is the federal program behind this exercise a dud?
At the federal supermax, it isn't just the inmates who think management is unfair.
Comeback attempts by acts that should just go away.
Kissing off a year of six-minute smooches and sex-toy cigars.
The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli, in black, white and gray.