Justice

Colorado’s prison sentencing laws are due for an overhaul. Here’s what could change.

BY: - October 13, 2020

A state task force is attempting to overhaul Colorado’s prison sentencing laws — an undertaking that hasn’t been done in a comprehensive way in decades despite two similar efforts over the last 10 years. Sentence lengths are a key driver of Colorado’s prison population, which increased seven-fold between 1980 and 2016 as a result of […]

Man shot and killed after ‘Patriot Muster’ in downtown Denver

BY: - October 10, 2020

One man was shot and killed near the Denver Art Museum on Saturday following opposing rallies held by a right-wing group and left-wing counter-protesters. The Denver Police Department confirmed that one suspect is in custody following the shooting, which is being investigated as a homicide. “Further investigation has determined the suspect is a private security guard […]

Supreme Court confirmation hearings to plow ahead amid COVID-19 infections

BY: - October 10, 2020

Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett will face the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee beginning Monday for what’s expected to be an unusual and contentious four days of hearings on her nomination for the Supreme Court. Democrats sought unsuccessfully to block those hearings, raising concerns about the short time frame before Election Day, the urgent need to […]

2,732 pardons issued — the most by a Colorado governor at one time — for past marijuana convictions

BY: - October 1, 2020

A last-minute June amendment to a bill creating social equity licenses for new cannabis businesses allowed Gov. Jared Polis to issue mass pardons of people convicted of possessing up to 2 ounces of marijuana. The governor on Oct. 1 issued 2,732 pardons for past marijuana convictions — the most people ever pardoned by a Colorado […]

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Report: ICE plans to target Denver, other ‘sanctuary cities’ for immigration enforcement

BY: - October 1, 2020

Citing anonymous officials, the Washington Post reported Sept. 29 that Immigration and Customs Enforcement was planning an “immigration enforcement blitz” in several so-called “sanctuary cities” — including Denver — that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials. The operation could begin in California as soon as this week, the Post reported, and then expand to […]

Virginia lawmakers warn of ‘deteriorating’ conditions in two federal prisons amid COVID-19 spread

BY: - September 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — Members of the Virginia congressional delegation from both political parties are pressing the U.S. Department of Justice’s internal watchdogs to include two state correctional facilities in the agency’s ongoing inspections during the pandemic. In a Sept. 24 letter to DOJ’s inspector general, the lawmakers raised concerns about unsafe health and safety procedures, COVID-19 […]

COMMENTARY

McClain protesters face excessive force of the law

BY: - September 27, 2020

Community members have long called for criminal charges against the Aurora police officers involved in the August 2019 death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain, who was walking home from a convenience store when officers confronted him. But it’s the very people seeking justice for McClain who now face charges. The message from authorities is that cops […]

Trump picks Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, and D.C. girds for a fight

BY: - September 26, 2020

President Donald Trump at the White House on Saturday introduced federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee, setting off a confirmation battle that could secure a conservative court for generations.  “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect and sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution,” Trump said […]

Hundreds gather in Denver to protest Breonna Taylor grand jury outcome

BY: - September 24, 2020

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Colorado Capitol at 6 p.m. on Wednesday following a grand jury announcement in Kentucky that two of the three Louisville police officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death would not face criminal charges. “Today wasn’t justice. That’s not what justice looks like,” Shenika Carter, a community activist with the organization […]

‘Fight tooth and nail’: Democrats want hardball from party leaders on Supreme Court fight

BY: - September 22, 2020

As it becomes increasingly clear that President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans plan to quickly confirm a Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, many Democrats are vowing payback — but so far, top Colorado Democrats aren’t among them. A spokesperson for Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, did not answer directly […]

Crowd outside Gardner’s Denver office demands Supreme Court seat be left open

BY: - September 21, 2020

A crowd of about 50 people on Monday gathered outside Sen. Cory Gardner’s office in downtown Denver to demand a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court remain open until after the Nov. 3 presidential election or inauguration in January. The vacancy was created by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday. […]

Trump says he’ll announce Supreme Court pick by Friday or Saturday

BY: - September 21, 2020

President Donald Trump said Monday that he would announce a replacement for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by either Friday or Saturday. During a morning interview on “Fox and Friends,” the president said the administration wanted to pay its respects to Ginsburg, who died Friday night from complications with cancer, before […]