After a lower court ruled that the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act compels her to create content for opposite-sex and same-sex couples, website designer Lorie Smith is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether the decision amounts to an unconstitutional burden on her religious exercise.
A federal court has partially rejected a former U.S. Air Force Academy student's challenge to her disenrollment for an honor code violation, saying she had no constitutionally-protected interest in continuing as a cadet.
A federal judge has awarded a Lafayette woman $700, stemming from a debt collection agency's harassment and violation of state and federal consumer protection laws.
A federal judge is weighing whether to halt enforcement of a Denver policy that restricts free speech activities to five poorly-trafficked locations at Red Rocks Amphitheater, as part of a broader lawsuit aimed at declaring the policy unconstitutional.
Ryan Call, an attorney and former two-term chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, will lose his license to practice law after admitting he lied to members of his former law firm and concealed information about nearly $280,000 he transferred to himself from a political committee formed to support Donald Trump during the three years Call served as the committee's treasurer.
A Colorado Springs-based charter school is not liable for the sexual assault of a child by one of its instructors, a federal judge ruled on Monday.
Did the 1984 sale of the Denver Broncos to its late owner, Pat Bowlen, give the former owner's company the right to intervene before the team changes hands yet again?
The federal trial court in Colorado is seeking to fill a vacancy for a magistrate judge based in Colorado Springs, following an announcement that Kathleen M. Tafoya will retire in January 2022.
While the Colorado Supreme Court is actively considering whether judges have the authority to break ties in major parenting decisions where the divorced parties cannot agree, the Court of Appeals has waded into the controversy and decided the answer is yes.
The federal appeals court based in Denver has reinstated a Pueblo man's discrimination lawsuit and ordered a further review of his employment status, reversing a lower court's determination that he was not an employee in a federally-funded jobs program.
A federal court has reaffirmed that a former Colorado state employee fabricated evidence for his discrimination lawsuit, and will now consider the state's request to be awarded $300,000 in attorney fees.
A federal judge sided against the town of Superior in determining the federal government did not violate the law by making modifications to trails in the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.
Federal public defender Veronica S. Rossman of Colorado became the Biden administration's 12th confirmed judicial nominee on Monday, as the U.S. Senate voted 50-42 to approve her appointment to the federal appeals court based in Denver.
The state Supreme Court heard its first cases in person since the pandemic began (albeit with precautions in place), and one Denver judge was blamed for handling a trial when in reality he wasn't the guy.
Judge Theresa Slade sentenced Devon Erickson on Friday to life in prison plus 1,282.5 years for his role in the May 7, 2019 murder of Kendrick Castillo at STEM School Highlands Ranch and the attempted murders of others.
Frontier Airlines is not liable for refunding airfares to people who canceled their flights or whose flights the company itself canceled at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a federal judge in Colorado ruled on Monday.
The chief judge of the Third Judicial District exceeded her authority by appointing a magistrate to act as a district court judge without any legal basis for doing so, prompting the Court of Appeals to walk back the magistrate’s ruling.
Southwest Airlines did not violate civil rights laws when it fired an employee at Denver International Airport who had a learning disability, the federal appeals court based in Denver ruled on Thursday.
The Colorado Supreme Court announced it will review three decisions from the state's Court of Appeals on subjects ranging from the ability of police to forcibly draw blood from a suspected drunk driver, to the law that criminalizes spitting on first responders, and whether Arapahoe County waited 10 years too long to sue a couple for Medicaid fraud.
Being under arrest involves some combination of handcuffs, a police vehicle and not having the freedom to leave. But when, precisely, does someone become "under arrest?"
Following an announcement from Attorney General Phil Weiser that the Aurora Police Department has engaged in a pattern of racially-biased policing and other illegal practices, Rep. Leslie Herod touted legislation passed last year that enabled the probe that uncovered those findings.
If the state courts in Colorado do not modify the sentence of a man serving 108 years for crimes he committed as a juvenile, the federal appeals court based in Denver has ordered his release to comply with U.S. Supreme Court precedent.
When the Colorado Supreme Court decided last year in favor of a higher threshold for proving felony drunk driving offenses at trial, the ruling resulted in dozens of DUI cases being sent back to the lower courts with instructions to reverse the felony convictions.
The Colorado Supreme Court is weighing what to do with the conviction of a man who kidnapped, raped and attempted to murder a teenager in Denver decades ago, but whose trial may have been rendered unfair by excluding a juror of color because of the juror’s race.
Colorado’s organized crime law requires a criminal enterprise to have some ongoing structure beyond the fact that individuals committed crimes together, the state Supreme Court clarified on Monday.
An Aspen lawyer who has filed 26 frivolous lawsuits since 2010 and used the court system to harass his targets has been banned from initiating any further litigation on his own, the Colorado Supreme Court ordered on Monday.
The federal government admitted that U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martínez committed the error, but argued the evidence to convict Jose Burciaga-Andasola was so overwhelming that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit should decline to grant a new trial. A three-judge panel agreed.
The state Supreme Court is resuming its normal calendar of oral arguments and decisions this week, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit decided whether an "enraged" judge compromised the right to a fair trial.
Colorado Springs police violated constitutional protections against warrantless searches by using a pole-mounted camera to monitor a suspected drug dealer's home continuously for three months, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Monday.
A man serving a 60-year sentence for a 1998 Colorado Springs murder has turned to the U.S. Supreme Court to ask for a judge’s review of whether the government knew that an informant’s key testimony was false at the time of trial.
Hundreds of Coloradans could get some debt relief under a settlement with the nation's largest subprime auto lender, Attorney General Phil Weiser said Friday.
A federal judge did not create an unfair trial by disciplining and calling attention to the contemptuous behavior of SkyWest Airlines’ representatives during the trial, the appeals court based in Denver ruled, upholding a multimillion-dollar employment discrimination verdict against the company.
This week on Colorado Politicking, legislative reporter Pat Poblete and political correspondent Ernest Luning discuss Reps. Joe Neguse, D-Lafayette, and Lauren Bobert, R-Silt, being drawn into the same legislative district and the latest from the campaign trail. Meanwhile, judicial reporter Michael Karlik previews three cases the state Supreme Court is set to take up when it returns next week.
A federal agent who applied for a search warrant against an Aurora resident suspected of trafficking marijuana failed to realize that he had actually been investigating two different people with similar Chinese names.
A lower court judge took a disabled inmate’s statements out of context and mistakenly concluded it was reasonable for the state to offer him nothing but adult diapers for his condition, the federal appeals court based in Denver decided on Wednesday in reinstating the man’s civil rights lawsuit against the Colorado Department of Corrections.
An Arapahoe County detainee tried to file a grievance, but a sheriff’s employee allegedly prevented him from doing so. Instead, he sued in federal court, where a panel of judges on Tuesday dismissed his case — for not filing a grievance first.
A federal judge has refused to let a Fort Collins officer's appeal halt the excessive force lawsuit against him, and has labeled the appeal as "frivolous" to keep the case heading to trial.
Through the end of the year, there will be a total of 32 vacancies in most of the state's 22 judicial districts plus the statewide commission that screens applicants for the Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court. Non-lawyers comprise a majority of each panel.
A federal judge has denied Aurora police officers qualified immunity in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the fatal 2019 shooting of Shamikle Jackson, who was experiencing a mental health crisis at the time of his killing.
The Colorado Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal challenging the University of Colorado's refusal to reveal the names of candidates during its 2019 presidential search.
Two high-powered law firms sponsored the post-swearing-in reception for Colorado's newest federal judge, and the head of the Colorado Court of Appeals announced his retirement at the end of this year.
A federal class action lawsuit hopes to force Colorado to find appropriate placements for children with the most severe mental health issues. The lawsuit claims the state has shirked its federally-mandated duties and prefers to rely on hospitals to take children with the most serious mental health disorders.
A federal court has warned an Arapahoe County sheriff's deputy against joking about an inmate's sexuality, and has allowed a lawsuit to proceed against him for reportedly retaliating after the inmate complained.
Lawmakers did not intend for Colorado's revenge porn law to apply only to images of fully-exposed female anatomy, the Court of Appeals decided on Thursday, rejecting a man's argument that the suggestive pictures he posted of his ex-fiancé without her consent did not amount to a crime.
Democrats in Colorado sounded the alarm Wednesday over a Texas law banning most abortions that took effect Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on an emergency appeal to put the law on hold.
Although guidance from the federal court system expressly allows for corporate sponsorship of investiture receptions, multiple people told Colorado Politics they were surprised to learn such an arrangement was possible, and that the practice of law firms wining and dining judges could, on the surface, appear problematic.
The narrow ruling on Monday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit implicated a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Rodriguez v. United States. A majority of justices in that case found officers, without reasonable suspicion, may not make "detours" from the original mission that prolong the traffic stop.
A federal judge has reversed her prior decision to dismiss a Muslim inmate’s lawsuit, reopening the case amid new information about the inmate’s lack of access to food that complies with his religious beliefs.
The Court of Appeals had a busy week, from considering the fairness of high-profile murder trials to deciding a multimillion-dollar penalty against a for-profit college must be retried. Plus, one judge called into question the constitutionality of a mental health law in Colorado.
One of the last three men to be on Colorado's death row, now serving a life sentence in prison, is asking the Court of Appeals to grant him a new trial because of the pervasive unfairness Sir Mario Owens believes led to his 2007 murder conviction.