Judge Jerome A. Holmes of Oklahoma will be the new chef judge of the federal appeals court based in Denver effective Oct. 1, succeeding Colorado's Timothy M. Tymkovich.
An American Indian man formerly employed with the Logan County Sheriff's Office has not plausibly shown he was the victim of discrimination and retaliation, a federal judge has ruled, even though the defendants did not deny the elected sheriff had repeatedly made racist comments to employees.
A special state legislative panel on Friday unanimously passed a pair of resolutions that would dramatically change how Colorado investigates and disciplines judges, one of them a Constitutional amendment voters would consider in 2024.
Colorado and nine other states joined the Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit against pesticide makers Syngenta and Corteva on Thursday, accusing them of engaging in anti-competitive practices.
A Loveland police officer may be held liable for shooting a couple's puppy in the head within seconds of exiting his car, a federal judge has ruled.
The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood in 2015, Robert Lewis Dear Jr., is set for a hearing in Colorado's 4th Judicial District Court on Friday morning. Clarity could be provided on the status of his case moving forward at the state level.
When Congress set up a system for states and American Indian tribes to regulate hemp, did it also empower people to sue when states interfere with hemp transport?
A Fort Collins police officer's contention that he should not face civil liability for slamming an unarmed college student face-first into the pavement received an icy reception at the Denver-based federal appeals court on Wednesday.
three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit heard arguments in the lawsuit brought by 17 unnamed plaintiffs, who allege a pair of vaccination policies for CU's Anschutz Medical Campus unconstitutionally burdened the free exercise of their religions.
An animal advocacy organization that has been trying for four years to obtain the identities of those who import African elephant parts and trophies failed on Wednesday to convince the lone holdout company to drop its insistence on anonymity.
Jurors in federal court will have the ultimate say about whether a former Denver Police Department supervisor experienced discrimination based on his national origin and sexual orientation, as a judge was unable to find either side could clearly prevail under the law.
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Denver's affordable housing entity to follow its own procedures and allow a disabled woman to receive her housing assistance paperwork at the address where she accepts her mail, and not where the Denver Housing Authority believed she should accept it.
A Boulder County judge did not have sufficient facts to definitively conclude a man had neglected his child, Colorado's second-highest court ruled last week in reversing the trial court's decision.
For the second time in three months, the Colorado Supreme Court has agreed one state trooper working in Mesa County conducted an unlawful search of a vehicle in his attempt to apprehend drug traffickers.
The Supreme Court's majority ultimately disagreed that "harm" from spitting is solely physical.
A state audit concluded Robin Niceta’s child-protective work for the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services failed to follow state regulations and had deficient investigative practices.
The City of Boulder agreed Friday to pay a couple who own mineral rights inside the city limits $35,000 for interfering with their property rights, according to a news release from Advance Colorado Action.
An Adams County judge gave jurors an instruction that misrepresented Colorado's drug possession law, prompting the state's Court of Appeals last week to reverse the felony conviction of Ashley Morgan.
The embattled San Luis Valley District Attorney who stayed in office through several serious investigations into his ineffective treatment of crime victims has been disbarred and admonished by the branch of the Colorado Supreme Court which oversees disciplinary matters.
Colorado's Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether judges have the power to review personnel decisions involving judicial employees, a rare case in which different parts of the judicial branch are arguing for opposite interpretations of existing rules.
A Colorado Supreme Court case could invalidate oil and gas leases statewide if the justices side with Boulder County in interpreting state property law, lawyers for a company seeking to drill wells in the county argued Tuesday.
State judges in Colorado may use LinkedIn and even have online connections with lawyers who might appear before them, an ethics panel has determined, albeit with significant caveats for judges who choose to do so.
The Fourth Judicial District intends to move forward on a felony charge filed against state Sen. Pete Lee, despite District Attorney Michael Allen's office acknowledging it presented incorrect information to a grand jury.
A combination of factors made the case of Ari Misha Liggett unusual, including the crime for which he was convicted: poisoning and dismembering his mother in October 2012.
"These misstatements and erroneous facts ... are not peripheral to the charges sought," Attorney David Kaplan said in the motion. "They are a material misrepresentation of the facts used to obtain an indictment."
The Colorado Supreme Court will decide whether the 8,000-person Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System may sue Denver-based Jagged Peak under a Depression-era federal law intended to combat fraudulent corporate statements.
A federal judge in Denver has denied the city’s request for a new trial in the civil lawsuit that led to the first trial in the country over how police responded to the 2020 protests following he death of George Floyd, and won’t reduce the $13.75 million awarded to a group of protesters by a jury in March.
Although the prosecution, the trial judge and even one of the defendant's own lawyers believed Scott Daniels Barkley was manipulating his criminal case, the state's Court of Appeals overturned his convictions last week after taking issue with Barkley's representation of himself at trial.
An El Paso County judge misapplied the law and allowed harmful information to be heard at the defendant's trial, Colorado's second-highest court concluded last week in reversing the convictions of Israel Santillan Lopez.
Boulder County is appealing a Boulder District Court ruling rejecting its claim of control over oil and gas well leases belonging to Crestone Peak Resources Operating, LLC, saying the leases are voided by the fact that the wells haven’t actually been pumping oil or gas for long periods. The appeal comes amid the county's effort to prevent new drilling on the leases, many of which are more than 40 years old.
A three-judge panel for the Court of Appeals ultimately found the dismissal of "Juror G" did not violate the U.S. Supreme Court's prohibition on intentional race-based exclusions of jurors. The prosecutor, explained Judge Anthony J. Navarro, had made clear his problems revolved around Juror G's statement about the justice system — which was not openly linked to Juror G's race.
This fall, 135 judges will be on the ballot, spread across the state's 22 judicial districts. While not an election in the traditional sense, judicial retention elections ask voters whether to retain judges for terms of varying lengths, based on the recommendations of citizen-led performance commissions.
It does not violate the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment to sentence an adult to life in prison without parole for a death they did not cause, Colorado's second-highest court has ruled.
U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore, who was assigned the case involving the town of Superior, indicated he wished to see the lawsuits proceed separately. He acknowledged there will now be a possibility of conflicting rulings between various judges about whether the various local ordinances violate the Second Amendment. But, Moore said, "if anyone thinks the district court is going to have the last say on this, they’re kidding themselves. Come on."
Six months after the Colorado Supreme Court decided El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder could be sued for intentionally detaining a man for nearly four months after he posted bond, the state's Court of Appeals also sided against Elder on an outstanding minor issue in the lawsuit.
What led to the lawsuit were complaints that Suzanne Staiert and PTI filed with both the Secretary of State's office and the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission. The complaint with the Secretary of State alleged Joe Salazar, who served three terms in the Colorado House but decided in 2018 to run for Attorney General, engaged in lobbying in 2019 without registering as a lobbyist. The ethics complaint claimed Salazar violated a provision in Amendment 41, the state ethics law, that bans former lawmakers from lobbying for two years after they leave office.
A prosecutor in Morgan County crossed the line by implying a defendant was guilty because he chose to exercise his constitutional right to stay silent, Colorado's second-highest court ruled last week.
The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to review a lower court's ruling that banks and mortgage lenders argue gives an improper incentive to rapidly foreclose on certain homeowners.
As the country grapples with a crippling fentanyl crisis, an announcement Wednesday that prosecutors will not file charges in connection with the deaths of five people who fatally overdosed on the drug in February in a Commerce City apartment was a crushing blow to friends and family who were hoping that someone would pay for their deaths.
The governing body for the federal appeals court based in Denver revealed it found credible evidence a judge in New Mexico was responsible for an abusive and hostile workplace environment.
Jurors earlier convicted Daniel Neal Noffsinger in 2020 of extortion and harassment stemming from a series of Facebook messages he sent to his girlfriend luring her into a conversation, even though he knew she was bound by a protection order.
Colorado's second-highest court has weighed in for the first time on whether it is arson to light fire to a person's clothes while they are wearing them — and the answer is yes.
Congress originally enacted ICWA after learning of the large number of American Indian children being removed from their households into non-tribal families and institutions.
In its ruling on Monday, the court decided there must be an "essential link" between the defendant and a past conviction, requiring both documentation and corroborating evidence that the person in the current case is the same person from the prior case.
Warrants, explained Chief Justice Brian D. Boatright, override a suspect's lack of consent.
This November, voters will decide whether to retain 135 judges across the state based largely on performance evaluations from each of the 22 judicial districts and one additional, statewide performance commission.
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Attendees at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit's Bench & Bar Conference heard directly last week from two members of the nation's highest court, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, during the first such legal gathering since the onset of the pandemic.
The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to hear three cases implicating the government's ability to deny applications for charter schools and for Good Samaritans to receive compensation for injuries they suffer during a rescue.
"You don’t want public opinion to be the guide of what the appropriate decision is," Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said. "Lately the criticism is phrased in terms of 'Because of these opinions, it calls into question the legitimacy of the court.' I think it’s a mistake to view those criticisms in that way."