Justice

COMMENTARY

In Missouri, the truth doesn’t always set you free

BY: - January 17, 2023

This commentary originally appeared in the Missouri Independent. Christopher Dunn has served over 30 years in prison for a murder he vehemently claims he did not commit. He stands not only on his word but on evidence that supports alibi witnesses and the recanted statements of trial witnesses in his case. However, the most substantial […]

Former Colorado public defender, sentenced in revenge porn case, faces attorney discipline

BY: - January 12, 2023

A former Colorado public defender who pleaded guilty in a revenge porn case now faces misconduct allegations in the state court that disciplines attorneys. Christopher Melichar was a state public defender at the time he is alleged to have engaged in professional misconduct, according to a complaint obtained by Newsline. The complaint was filed last […]

Trump fixation on Wisconsin, Ginni Thomas text regrets and more from the Jan. 6 panel

BY: - January 6, 2023

In the final weeks of 2022, the Democrat-led U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, attack on the Capitol disclosed thousands of pages of transcripts of interviews the panel’s members and staff conducted with key witnesses. The transcripts were central to a committee report released in December that held Donald Trump responsible for the 2021 […]

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39 killed by law enforcement in Colorado in 2022, data shows

BY: - January 5, 2023

Colorado continued a years-long trend of higher-than-average rates of police killings in 2022, with at least 39 people killed in confrontations with law enforcement officers between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, according to data from a group that tracks police violence. People in Colorado were killed by police at a rate of 6.75 per one […]

Low staffing at prisons in Colorado leads to unsustainable working conditions

BY: - January 3, 2023

High job vacancy rates have plagued many industries since the onset of the pandemic almost three years ago, but for those working in corrections, being understaffed can quickly lead to being overworked in a stressful and potentially dangerous environment.  At both federal and state prisons in Colorado, recruiting and retaining staff across the board has […]

Colorado AG Weiser forms task force to combat organized retail theft

BY: - December 28, 2022

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser on Wednesday announced the formation of a new statewide task force targeting organized retail theft and the reselling of stolen goods online. Law enforcement officials from across the state will convene to develop a shared set of resources for cross-jurisdictional investigations aimed at preventing the sale of stolen goods through […]

Trump attorney Jenna Ellis of Colorado under investigation for alleged misconduct

BY: - December 23, 2022

Jenna Ellis, the Colorado attorney who represented former President Donald Trump as he tried to overturn the 2020 election, is under investigation by the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. Ellis has been the target of formal complaints regarding what critics characterized as her professional misconduct connected to Trump’s effort to reverse the results of […]

U.S. House Jan. 6 panel report finds Trump incited insurrection, demands accountability

BY: and - December 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Jan. 6 committee late Thursday published its findings in a nearly 850-page report that accused former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection and recommended Congress consider how to determine whether those found to be insurrectionists should be barred from holding office ever again. The report caps 18 months of […]

Excessive force against Black man claimed in lawsuit filed against Colorado Springs police

BY: - December 22, 2022

Dalvin Gadson and his attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against three members of the Colorado Springs Police Department who are accused of using excessive force against Gadson during a traffic stop in October.  At a news conference in front of the Colorado Springs Police Department Wednesday morning, civil rights attorney Harry Daniels said the […]

U.S. House Jan. 6 panel refers Trump for criminal charges, including inciting insurrection

BY: - December 19, 2022

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in a historic vote agreed unanimously Monday to refer former President Donald Trump and others to the Justice Department for potential criminal charges, including inciting or aiding an insurrection. Trump associates, including attorneys John Eastman and Kenneth Chesebro and White House Chief […]

Mass shootings reopen the debate over whether crime scene photos prompt change or trauma

BY: - December 18, 2022

This story originally appeared at KHN. McCLELLANVILLE, S.C. — John Lites was one of the first police officers to respond to a 911 call from Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015, when a white gunman murdered nine Black people attending a Bible study. Lites arrived at the […]

Colorado Springs police accused of excessive force against Black man they beat during traffic stop

BY: - December 14, 2022

Civil rights attorneys are calling for a criminal investigation into a group of Colorado Springs police officers who the attorneys say brutally beat their client during a traffic stop.  Body camera footage from the Oct. 9 arrest of Dalvin Gadson, a 29-year-old Black veteran, shows the original responding officer calling for backup shortly after pulling […]