Justice

Gov. Polis signs two gun reform bills into law

BY: - April 20, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis signed into law two gun reform bills Monday. One of the bills — Senate Bill 21-78 — creates reporting requirements for Colorado gun owners whose firearms are lost or stolen. If someone does not tell law enforcement about their firearm being lost or stolen, within five days of learning it’s gone, the […]

Demands for gun reform heard at rally in Boulder

BY: - April 19, 2021

Though Gov. Jared Polis had said he would sign gun reforms into law this week, Boulder residents and elected officials are demanding that he support a statewide assault-style weapons ban.  “We’re fired up. We’re gonna keep pushing him,” said Annette Moore, a co-founder with Blue Rising, a Denver-based liberal political action committee that helped organize […]

COMMENTARY

How will history judge Buck’s immigration stance?

BY: - April 16, 2021

On Feb. 19, 1942, just over two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which is now understood as a moment of national shame. The document authorized the creation of incarceration centers to which Japanese immigrants and their children living in the United States, especially along the […]

State Rep. Monica Duran

Colorado bill aims to ensure domestic violence suspects surrender firearms

BY: - April 16, 2021

A proposed Colorado law aims to ensure domestic violence suspects surrender their firearms when a judge grants a protection order against them. House Bill 21-1255, sponsored by Democratic Reps. Monica Duran of Denver and Matt Gray of Broomfield, would expand and clarify requirements that already exist in state law around relinquishing guns. After a judge […]

Phil Weiser

Colorado attorney general Phil Weiser joins push to pass national hate crime reporting bill

BY: - April 14, 2021

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser on Tuesday joined a bipartisan coalition of 35 attorneys general in urging Congress to pass legislation that seeks to improve how hate crimes are reported and tracked, according to a press release from Weiser’s office. Hate crimes in Colorado rose more than 70% between 2018 and 2019, according to data […]

Shooting at Tennessee high school leaves one dead

BY: - April 13, 2021

This story first appeared in the Tennessee Lookout. A student is dead and a Knoxville police officer is wounded following a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School for the Arts in Knoxville on Monday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation into the incident, which occurred when Knoxville Police were summoned to Austin-East […]

Up to 100 new immigration judges would be added under Biden budget request

BY: - April 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday released a budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year that would increase the number of immigration judges and allocate millions in funding to clear backlogs of hearings and asylum requests. The administration is grappling with an influx of asylum seekers at the Southern border after inheriting a gutted […]

House Ethics launches inquiry into Gaetz following sexual misconduct allegations

BY: - April 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House panel has opened an ethics investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz, the Florida Republican who is already facing a Department of Justice investigation over sex-trafficking allegations. Federal investigators are reportedly examining whether the 38-year-old Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, and whether his involvement with young women broke federal […]

Want to better understand Colorado’s redistricting process? Make your own map.

BY: - April 9, 2021

In the United States, congressional and legislative districts are redrawn every 10 years to take into account population growth and demographic changes. The new boundaries ultimately determine how communities are represented at the local, state and national levels. For decades, discussions around the wonky, politically-charged and complicated redistricting process have been dominated by politicians, mathematicians […]

State lawmakers seek to restrict solitary confinement in Colorado’s largest jails for mentally ill inmates

BY: - April 8, 2021

Meghan Baker, a staff attorney for the advocacy organization Disability Law Colorado, asked state lawmakers during a bill hearing on Tuesday to imagine what it would be like to spend 23 hours a day alone in a jail cell. “You can’t see a TV or a clock, you have very little property in your cell […]

Biden administration to suggest model ‘red flag’ gun laws for states

BY: - April 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice will distribute model “red flag” legislation to states so they can enact laws that would allow courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is distressed, according to senior Biden administration officials. “The president will not wait for Congress to act before the administration takes our own […]

New unit launched at Interior to investigate cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people

BY: - April 5, 2021

The U.S. Department of the Interior is creating a new unit to lead and help coordinate investigations into the ongoing crisis of murdered and missing American Indian and Alaska Native people. Interior Secretary Debra Haaland, the first Indigenous person to lead the agency, announced Thursday the formation of the Missing & Murdered Unit within the […]