President Barack Obama recently commuted the sentences of eight federal prisoners serving absurdly long sentences for crack cocaine convictions, noting that such harsh punishments couldn't be imposed under current sentencing schemes. But Colorado's recent governors have been reluctant to exercise th ... More >>
The Colorado Democratic Party is lambasting the Republican candidates for Senate for opposing access to contraception. The Democrats have declared that Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, state Representative Amy Stephens and state Senator Owen Hill "have lined up to support intrusive polices th ... More >>
On September 10, as we've reported, voters in southeastern Colorado will decide whether state senators John Morse and Angela Giron should be recalled because of their advocacy of gun-control measures. But with the election looming, a technical question over the vote threatens to make a controversial ... More >>
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor made a promise to the hundred eighth-, ninth- and tenth-graders to whom she spoke this morning. "If anybody watching this today in this room ever becomes a justice," she told the teenagers at the new Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, which is being dedica ... More >>
Most sane, rational people understand that the cannabis plant has medical properties beneficial to patients who suffer from severe pain, chronic nausea and a number of other conditions. And then you've got the federal government, which has again refused to accept marijuana's medicinal properties.
The passage of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, was a big win for attorney Brian Vicente, one of the measure's main proponents. But amid questions about when and how the proposal will take effect come suggestions that court challenges are inevitable. Vicente disagrees and expl ... More >>
In announcing the passage of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, during a newscast this morning, National Public Radio floated the possibility that the measure could wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court owing to pot's illegality at the federal level. And if the proposal wound up ... More >>
After a weekend hiatus that included Barack Obama's visit to Aurora, the presidential campaigns are no longer on pause to honor the victims of the theater shooting. (Count on the tragedy to come up at the first presidential debate -- October 3 in Denver.) And Colorado, too, is gearing up for the Nov ... More >>
The Obama campaign is hoping to make news in Colorado for something other than today's presidential visit to the Waldo Canyon fire zone in the Springs. The fight for swing state votes will hit Wheat Ridge Sunday, when Obama staffers will join former Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria for the lau ... More >>
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is currently in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Care Act. But in his absence, his office registered his objections to Senate Bill 12-163, which would, among other things, make possession of meth a misdemeanor rather than a cla ... More >>
Juveniles doing time in adult prisons, surrounded by older and stronger criminals, rarely fare well. But juveniles serving sentences of life without parole in the United States face particularly daunting prospects of sexual assault, neglect and long periods of solitary confinement, according ... More >>
If Occupy Wall Street is easy to criticize, it's also a movement with which many politicians can find common ground. In the past month, Democratic Representatives Jim McGovern and Ted Deutch have introduced drafts of amendments to the U.S. Constitution that reflect the ideals of the 99 percent with ... More >>
Ward Churchill.Last November, when the Colorado Court of Appeals rejected ex-CU prof Ward Churchill's bid to get his old job back, attorney David Lane admitted that "the odds of either the Colorado Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court looking at the case are slim." But he and Churchill hav ... More >>
Ward Churchill.Controversial University of Colorado at Boulder professor Ward Churchill has lost his latest bid to get his old job back, with the Colorado Court of Appeals upholding Denver District Court judge Larry Naves's earlier ruling; read it in its entirety below. The decision angers Ch ... More >>
Michael Bennet and Ken Buck at 9News debate.Last night, Senator Michael Bennet and Republican challenger Ken Buck engaged in their most high-profile debate yet -- and shockingly enough, Bennet spokesman Trevor Kincaid believes his guy handily won the 9News-sponsored event on view below. Kinc ... More >>
There I was yesterday morning, feeling sorry for all the residents of Arizona who didn't get a chance to vote on that state's show-me-your-papers, anti-illegal immigration legislation and are now feeling as ostracized as Coloradans were after the voters of this state did approve the anti-gay- ... More >>
You know you're desperate when you're name-checking Timothy McVeigh...Timothy McVeigh, he was put to death back in 2001 for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing, isn't often used by convicts wanting to get out of trouble. But it happened today at the U.S. Supreme Court, where attorneys for ... More >>
Rob Corry has his PR cannon aimed squarely at Centennial.The lawsuit against Centennial by CannaMart, a medical marijuana dispensary the city shut down despite granting it a business license a short time earlier, gets its first reading in court today, and Rob Corry and a team of attorneys rep ... More >>
Sonia Sotomayor, in an image from the White House's website.Sonia Sotomayor, whose ruling about nunchucks is part of this week's Jared Jacang Maher feature article about Thornton cop Kevin Orcutt's police-oriented nunchaku design, hasn't been officially confirmed as a Supreme Court justice at ... More >>
Carol Chambers. As Westword's Alan Prendergast has reported in a series of blogs, Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour Jr. has ordered district attorney Carol Chambers to appoint a special prosecutor in the case of Julie Stene, who says she was sexually assaulted after a 2000 high school gr ... More >>
Jim Pfaff. Even Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham concedes that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor will be approved unless she has a "complete meltdown." But that hasn't prevented conservatives across the country from frightening their ideological comrades with the horrific prospe ... More >>
An image from an economic-impact study about car dealers in Colorado. Today's the day when fourteen Colorado auto dealers are supposed to stop selling Chrysler products as part of the beleaguered company's attempt to emerge from bankruptcy -- an effort that hit a bump in the road yesterday when a r ... More >>
Barack Obama had no sooner been declared the president-elect when the speculation started: Just which Coloradans would join his cabinet? The name of Federico Pena, an early supporter, was floated -- despite the fact that he's already done two turns in the cabinet, for Bill Clinton, and has ... More >>
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