U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger has ruled that Colorado's controversial gun laws don't violate the constitution in a judgement Dave Kopel, who assembled a lawsuit endorsed by assorted businesses and dozens of Colorado sheriffs, has already pledged to appeal. In May 2013, shortly after the suit w ... More >>
Today marks the beginning of what's expected to be a two-week trial pertaining to a suit filed by Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and more than fifty of his colleagues against gun-control laws passed last year. Included among them are a ban of all magazines that can hold more than fifteen rounds ... More >>
Attorneys for Aurora theater shooter James Holmes have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to compel Fox News reporter Jana Winter to reveal her sources in court. Specifically, they're asking the high court to overturn a New York appeals court ruling that Winter, who is based in New York, is protecte ... More >>
Yesterday's decision by Governor John Hickenlooper to grant murderer Nathan Dunlap a reprieve from the death penalty -- one that will stand as long as Hickenlooper is in office but can be reversed by successors -- doesn't stand alone. As noted by the Death Penalty Information Center, more than 270 d ... More >>
As we noted last week while covering the tragic death of Anastasia Adair, who accidentally killed herself with a new assault rifle, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and 54 colleagues have joined a complaint against newly passed Colorado gun-control laws, including a ban of all magazines that can ... More >>
Yesterday, Governor John Hickenlooper signed civil unions into law; for our coverage, click here. In honor of this historic step, we've assembled photos and information about famous same-sex couples who've legally committed to each other, either through marriage ceremonies in areas where doing so is ... More >>
Erik Jensen was seventeenwhen he got mixed up in the deadly domestic drama of Nate Ybanez, his best buddy. Ybanez is now serving a life sentence for the 1998 murder of his mother, Julie; Jensen is also serving life without parole for helping him -- although whether he was involved in the actual kill ... More >>
Former stolen valor arrestee Rick Strandlof has been many people in his life...two of whom were completely fabricated. But he has never been formally charged with profiting from his personalities -- nor is he the only person to have spun tall tales to change his life. Click through for stories from ... More >>
For years, people living around the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant wondered if the secret operations at that facility could somehow be endangering the health of people and animals living nearby. And the FBI's spectacular dawn raid of Rocky Flats in June 1989, certainly didn't do much for propert ... More >>
Big news today for Barack Obama and, you know, tens of millions of Americans across the country: The Supreme Court of the United States has finally issued its ruling on the Affordable Care Act, essentially deciding to keep most of it intact. And advocates in Colorado are cheering the news, saying it ... More >>
Plutonium lasts forever, and so do the legal actions emanating from Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, which operated sixteen miles upwind from Denver for close to forty years. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to reinstate the $926 million judgment that 12,000 property owners near the plan ... More >>
New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall.
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-0 against Steve Howards, who claimed his free speech rights had been chilled by Secret Service agents when he approached then-Vice President Dick Cheney circa 2006. Hence, Howards can't sue the Secret Service. However, his attorney, David Lane, believes the ... More >>
The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that political organizations dubbed 527s can spend unlimited funds for state candidates as long as the ads they're financing don't include so-called "magic words" such as "vote for" or "defeat." The decision is a disappointment for Colorado Ethics Watch, which b ... More >>
Is lying about being a decorated combat vet particularly heinous? Or is 2005's Stolen Valor Act, which made it a misdemeanor offense to make false claims about receiving service medals and awards, unconstitutional because it violates the wannabe warrior's First Amendment rights?
FlickrColorado does a miserable job of monitoring the guardians and conservators who control the finances -- and, in many cases, the living conditions -- of incapacitated adults, minor wards and other vulnerable populations, according to a scathing report released yesterday by the Office of t ... More >>
Charles Chaput.Denver-based Archbishop Charles Chaput better watch out next time he plays Call of Duty online. Why? A lot of gamers are gunning for him in the wake of an editorial in which he criticized the U.S. Supreme Court for striking down a California law meant to protect minors from vi ... More >>
Kathleen Chippi.Kathleen Chippi is among the area's most active medical marijuana activists; see a video of her below going after both current Denver mayoral candidate Chris Romer and Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. Her latest mission: to raise funds for a lawsuit to stop official imp ... More >>
Stravinsky, looking shifty-eyed.It's been ten years since University of Denver professor Lawrence Golan filed his copyright suit in Colorado District Court, seeking the revocation of copyrights retroactively placed on works previously in the public domain, and now, after a lot of batting arou ... More >>
From the video.The website for Personhood USA, the organization pushing Amendment 62, which declares that the term "person" applies from one's biological starting point, doesn't come across as scary. At this writing, it sports the smiling face of Tim Tebow's mom, who supports the measure. But ... More >>
Pat Steadman.Colorado state Senator Pat Steadman on Wednesday, commenting on the decision by a federal judge to overturn California's Proposition 8, said it's a lot like fourteen years ago. Fourteen years ago being May 20, 1996, when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling came down against Colorado's A ... More >>
Jessica Corry.At this writing, an emergency hearing of the new Department of Revenue Medical Marijuana Licensing Authority is underway. And like MMJ activist Laura Kriho, attorney Jessica Corry feels the residency rules that will be up for discussion are extremely problematic -- a position sp ... More >>
A Flickr photoMaybe it'd be best if you thespians didn't inhale.Update, 4:09 p.m.: Attorney Bruce Jones, who represented Curious Theatre in this case, has just shared his comments on the opinion. Look below to read his views. Since 2006, the Colorado Clear Indoor Air Act has extended to acto ... More >>
The writer tries to stick it to the man. Click "Continue" to see the video.Writing can be painful sometimes. This is particularly true while putting together a feature article about a little-known weapon used by police departments across the country called an Orcutt Police Nunchaku. Nearly thirty ... More >>
Timing is everything. Early on, as president-elect Barack Obama started filling his Cabinet, Ken Salazar's name kept surfacing -- but so did word that what the first-term senator and former Colorado Attorney General ultimately wanted was a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, and in the meantime, he wa ... More >>
Yesterday, with the news that the San Francisco Chronicle may go down, leaving the free Examiner the only real daily in SF, Phil Anschutz once again looked like the smartest guy in the room.Today, he's also looking like the luckiest. Because before Anschutz bought the dying Examiner label and turned ... More >>
Suddenly, all the political pundits are talking about a Salazar going to Washington. Not Ken Salazar, who'd apparently rather stay in his Senate seat than move to the Cabinet (but might be up for a future opening on the Supreme Court, where he'd be the first Latino justice), ... More >>
A June 17 More Messages blog revolves around a column written by Colorado Springs Independent scribe Rich Tosches about Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen. In the piece, an activist accuses Laugesen of insensitivity and more in regard to comments he made in a series of e-m ... More >>
Only one man is on death row, but seven others are waiting in the wings.
Twenty years after Jim Stone first blew the whistle on Rockwell International, he got his day in court -- the Supreme Court.
A Supreme Court decision may challenge workers' First Amendment rights.
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You must remember this.
Until two years ago, Colorado juries weighed whether men deserved to die. Now judges decide their fate.
The Denver Internation Film Festival opens this Thursday.
As part of his never-ending fight against gays, car dealer Will Perkins gets himself "arrested" in Vail.
CONTRARY TO POPULAR OPINION, GALE NORTON'S QUEST FOR THE SENATE WILL BE ANYTHING BUT A BREEZE.
DENVER ATTORNEY DAVID L. SMITH HAS MADE LIFE A LIVING HELL FOR HIS ADVERSARIES. NOW HE'S FEELING THE HEAT HIMSELF.OUT OF ORDER DAVID L. SMITH SAYS COLORADO'S FEDERAL JUDGES ARE OUT TO GET HIM. HE'S RIGHT.
FOR THE FIRMS THAT CRANK OUT DIA'S FINANCIAL PAPERWORK, THE PROFITS ARE SKY-HIGH -- AND THE WORK IS ALL LEGAL.