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Colorado Judicial Center

Judicial discipline proceedings would be public in Colorado under proposal

BY: - August 19, 2022

As Colorado’s Judicial Branch has continued to face heat over the past year and a half for alleged misconduct, the Legislative Interim Committee on Judicial Discipline proposed three pieces of legislation intended to improve the state’s judicial discipline processes.  At the committee’s meeting Wednesday, state legislators from the House and Senate discussed three ideas for […]

COMMENTARY

Shame overshadows the orange and blue

BY: - August 18, 2022

Shame, if not the threat of criminal prosecution, should follow Condoleezza Rice everywhere she shows her face. Yet amnesia and apathy were on her side in recent weeks as she was feted in Denver as one of the new owners of the Denver Broncos. Rice bears more responsibility for mass misery and death than most […]

COMMENTARY

Don’t claim to support law enforcement if you demonize the FBI and IRS

BY: - August 16, 2022

A version of this commentary originally appeared in the Iowa Capital Dispatch. This may come as news to Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and many of his fellow Republicans: The Federal Bureau of Investigation is a law enforcement agency. So is the Internal Revenue Service. Most people already think of the FBI as an elite […]

COMMENTARY

‘Message laundering’ turns extremist Mar-a-Lago reactions into acceptable talking points

BY: - August 15, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in The Conversation. After the FBI completed a lawful search of former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Aug. 8, 2022, conservative politicians responded with one of three strategies: silence, circumspection and attack. Many responses echoed Trump’s own framing of the search. In his Aug. 8 message he claimed his residence […]

Colorado attorney general files SCOTUS brief on Colorado web designer’s free speech rights

BY: - August 12, 2022

In a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser argued that the decision by a web design business to preemptively refuse services to same-sex couples violates the state’s anti-discrimination law. The high court will consider 303 Creative v. Elenis during its next term, which begins in October. The […]

Search warrant shows Trump under investigation for possible Espionage Act violations

BY: - August 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday unsealed the warrant that allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to search former President Donald Trump’s property at Mar-a-Lago in Florida earlier this week, revealing he’s under investigation for possibly violating the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice. The seven-page document, which includes a brief description of everything […]

Crisis pregnancy centers in Colorado steer patients away from abortion providers

BY: - August 12, 2022

Since the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling was overturned in June, Colorado has become an oasis for abortion and other reproductive health care. The Reproductive Health Equity Act passed during the state’s recent legislative session and guarantees a person’s right to make reproductive health care decisions without government interference.  Crisis pregnancy centers — also known […]

U.S. attorney general says DOJ asked for public release of search warrant for Trump estate

BY: - August 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the U.S. Department of Justice moved Thursday to release the search warrant a federal judge issued earlier this week that allowed federal agents to enter former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.   DOJ, Garland said, has ​​filed a motion in the Southern District of Florida […]

Pete Lee

Colorado state Sen. Pete Lee indicted for allegedly lying about residence

BY: - August 9, 2022

The chair of the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee was indicted Tuesday in the 4th Judicial District for allegedly lying about his official residence, a class 5 felony. Sen. Pete Lee, whose full name is Sanford Edmund Lee, was charged with one count of providing false information as to his residence, the office of 4th Judicial […]

Republicans in Congress line up behind Trump after he says FBI searched Mar-a-Lago

BY: - August 9, 2022

Republicans in Congress fumed Tuesday in reaction to former President Donald Trump’s Monday evening statement that the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, his home in Palm Beach, Florida. Democrats had little to say Tuesday about the apparent search, though some defended the execution of justice regardless of a person’s political power. The massive […]

COMMENTARY

In a post-Roe world, we need a new emergency number

BY: , and - August 2, 2022

A version of this commentary originally appeared in the Michigan Advance. Roe v. Wade — the 1973 landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that protected the right to abortion – was overturned by the current Supreme Court on June 24. This ruling places access to safe reproductive health care in jeopardy for millions of […]

The Boulder County Courthouse

Action urged on racial inequities identified in Boulder County criminal courts study

BY: - August 1, 2022

A study of the Boulder County district attorney’s office revealed disproportionate charges, convictions and sentencing for Black, Hispanic and unhoused people. The study, done by the Vera Institute, examined criminal cases prosecuted by the district attorney’s office between 2013 and 2019.  Activists in Boulder County welcomed the study but want action to follow. Some have […]