Justice

Colorado prosecutors boost transparency with data dashboards in national first

BY: - September 9, 2022

A bipartisan team of Colorado district attorneys and researchers launched a set of public statewide prosecutorial data dashboards Thursday, making Colorado the first state to do so. The feature is an attempt to increase transparency and public trust of the judicial system.  Eight district attorneys’ offices piloted the Colorado Prosecutorial Dashboards project and since September […]

Congressional panel debates federal role in preventing youth incarceration

BY: - September 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of a U.S. House Education and Labor Committee panel on Thursday questioned experts and leaders of youth rehabilitation programs about how the federal government could invest in programs to prevent kids from becoming incarcerated. “Although the juvenile justice system is intended to rehabilitate — not punish — young offenders, data shows that […]

Tina Peters pleads not guilty in Mesa County election security breach case

BY: - September 7, 2022

Indicted Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges related to a security breach in her county’s election equipment last year. Peters, a Republican, was indicted by a grand jury in March on seven felony charges and three misdemeanor charges. The charges included attempting to influence a public servant, criminal impersonation, […]

Colorado prison and jail populations reaching pre-COVID levels or higher

BY: - September 6, 2022

After the height of the pandemic led to state prisons and some county jails making policy changes to lower their inmate populations, some are back to average daily populations higher than those they saw before COVID-19.  At the state level, Colorado Department of Corrections spokesperson Annie Skinner said while inmate population counts are still down […]

Call to ban PrideFest in Douglas County faces legal, political hurdles

BY: - September 2, 2022

A Douglas County commissioner is looking to ban all future Douglas County PrideFest events on Douglas County Fairgrounds after an accidental “costume malfunction” revealed a fake nipple on a performer’s silicone breastplate, but other commissioners aren’t necessarily on board.  Douglas County Commissioner George Teal, a Castle Rock Republican, said in a Facebook post that he […]

Catholic Church

Lawsuit filed against Archdiocese of Denver in child sexual abuse case

BY: - September 2, 2022

Leaders in the Archdiocese of Denver neglected to protect a young girl from sexual abuse in the 1980s, despite being warned of the priest’s predatory nature, a lawsuit filed last week in Denver District Court alleges. Father Marshall Gourley sexually abused a girl when she was between the ages of 7 and 11 years old […]

Judge temporarily blocks Boulder County ban on semi-automatic weapons, large capacity magazines

BY: - August 31, 2022

A federal judge temporarily blocked Boulder County from enforcing its ban on some semi-automatic weapons and large capacity magazines, delivering a win to a Colorado gun-rights group in its pursuit to challenge gun restrictions in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. U.S. District Court Judge Charlotte Sweeney issued the temporary restraining order […]

Mesa County district attorney presses for earliest trial dates in Tina Peters case

BY: - August 30, 2022

The Colorado attorney general’s office and the 21st Judicial District attorney’s office have completed their core investigation into the 2021 events that led to a security breach in the Mesa County elections office, District Attorney Dan Rubinstein announced Tuesday. That investigation, which resulted in state charges against Clerk Tina Peters and two other election workers, […]

Colorado governor appoints district attorney in San Luis Valley, where previous DA resigned

BY: - August 29, 2022

Gov. Jared Polis appointed Anne E. Kelly to the role of district attorney in Colorado’s 12th Judicial District Monday. Kelly will serve San Luis Valley after the former DA resigned earlier this summer amid violations of the state Victim Rights Act.  Kelly has nearly 20 years of legal experience working in the private sector and […]

More money for Colorado police available as grant applications open

BY: - August 29, 2022

New public safety grants that came from this year’s session of the Colorado Legislature are now available for law enforcement agencies to bolster their workforce and community-based organizations aiming to make their community feel safer. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 22-145 — Resources to Increase Community Safety — into law earlier this year […]

Court releases partially redacted affidavit for Mar-a-Lago search

BY: - August 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — A judge granted the Federal Bureau of Investigation a search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s home earlier this month after agents found 184 documents with classified markings had been kept at Mar-a-Lago. The property — which hosts Trump’s private residence, a golf club and other housing — is not authorized to store […]

Tina Peters’ deputy agrees to testify against her in Mesa County election security case

BY: - August 25, 2022

The deputy Mesa County clerk who served under Clerk Tina Peters has agreed to testify against Peters as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors who are investigating an election security breach. A Mesa County District Court judge accepted the plea agreement during a hearing Thursday. Peters and Belinda Knisley, the deputy clerk, were indicted […]