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Mike Zinna: Appeals court affirms activist's right to legal fees in free-speech battle

2 years ago by Alan Prendergast
A three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has affirmed that developer-turned-gadfly Mike Zinna is entitled to substantial legal fees in his long-running feud with Jefferson County officials -- who, he claimed, tried to intimidate him, put him under surveillance and violated his constitutional right...
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Mark Ellis Remains in Prison Even Though Sex Assault Conviction Is Tossed

1 year ago by Alan Prendergast
A Jefferson County man who's spent the last thirteen years in prison for sexually assaulting his daughter may have been wrongly convicted and could soon be freed. But Mark Ellis, who has always maintained his innocence, isn't out yet. That depends on whether the habeas corpus ruling by U.S. Senior...
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Marijuana magazines as porn rule officially struck down at no cost to taxpayers

3 years ago by Michael Roberts
As we've reported, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers determined that a new marijuana-law provision that treated pot magazines like porn was unconstitutional shortly after it was targeted by a pair of lawsuits -- the first from publications like High Times, the second courtesy of the ACLU, representing newsstands and booksellers...
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Wake-Up Call: Army maneuvers appeal of Pinon Canyon ruling

7 years ago by Patricia Calhoun
The Army wants to take over more of the ranchland around Pinon Canyon -- but it's not accounting adequately for the 238,000 acres it already has, taken 25 years ago in the largest land grab in the country's history. On September 8, Judge Richard Matsch ruled that the Army's 2007...
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Fracking secrecy: Judge orders BLM to reveal companies seeking to drill the North Fork Valley

4 years ago by Alan Prendergast
In what's being hailed as a major victory for community groups fighting fracking projects, a Denver federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management can no longer keep secret the identity of companies seeking to obtain oil and gas leases on public lands. The landmark ruling reverses...
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The Slowpoke Report

18 years ago by Alan Prendergast
District Judges Six-month- Three-year- old motions old cases Lewis T. Babcock 131 34 Wiley A. Daniel 236 35 John L. Kane, Jr.* 51 16 Richard P. Matsch 36 50 Walker D. Miller 435 46 Edward W. Nottingham 390 35 Daniel B. Sparr 108 19 Zita L. Weinshienk* 55 17 *Senior...
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Public lands: secret energy deals, lack of access in Obama's BLM

3 years ago by Alan Prendergast
Back in the drill-baby-drill heyday of the George W. Bush administration, the Department of the Interior was plagued by nasty oil royalty scandals and cockeyed public lands policies that brazenly favored energy interests over environmental concerns. But now that the Bushies are long gone, is the situation at Obama's Interior...
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RiNo odors lawsuit: Judge throws out dog-treat-factory complaint against city, neighbors

4 years ago by Melanie Asmar
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the owner of a pet treat factory in the River North neighborhood, who sued the city and three neighbors for conspiring against him. As explained in our cover story, "Raising a Stink," Ray Kasel of Kasel Associates Industries took issue with...
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Mike Zinna: Jeffco on hook for legal fees in costly court battle

4 years ago by Alan Prendergast
When developer-turned-muckraker Mike Zinna won a modest $1,791 judgement against a former Jefferson County commissioner in 2009, after years of convoluted intrigues and litigation, his supporters hailed the decision as an important, if largely symbolic, victory for the rights of online government critics. But this week, an appeals court ruled...
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Marijuana magazines as porn rule declared unconstitutional by state attorney general

3 years ago by Michael Roberts
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 parties were...

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