Michael Dougherty

Boulder shooting suspect faces 43 additional charges, including for large-capacity magazines

BY: - April 22, 2021

In a press conference marking one month since 10 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Boulder grocery store, law enforcement officials acknowledged Thursday that it’s only the beginning of a “long and difficult journey” for victims’ families and the community at large. “It’s because of the victims and their families that we’re […]

Case against Boulder mass shooting suspect will take at least a year, DA says

BY: - March 26, 2021

Like most murder investigations, the court case against the Boulder King Soopers shooting suspect could be drawn out for many months, or even years. “It will be a lengthy court process,” Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty, who is prosecuting the case, told reporters on Friday. “In every murder prosecution, the process takes at least […]

Boulder shooting suspect makes first appearance in court, charged on 10 counts of murder

BY: - March 25, 2021

The man suspected of gunning down 10 people in Monday’s mass shooting in Boulder made a brief first appearance in District Court on Thursday morning, beginning what prosecutors say will likely be a lengthy criminal trial process. Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, the 21-year-old Arvada resident taken into custody after the massacre at a south Boulder […]

Stealing newspapers. Unlawfully using slugs. Defacing a cave. Colorado’s misdemeanor classifications are getting a rewrite.

BY: - March 5, 2021

A broad coalition of people involved in Colorado’s criminal justice system are in the process of doing something that hasn’t been done in a comprehensive way in decades: updating the state’s misdemeanor and felony offenses. Misdemeanor and felony classifications and their corresponding sentence lengths are a key driver of Colorado’s prison population, which increased seven-fold […]

‘We as a branch are in crisis’: Colorado chief justice speaks about allegations during annual address to lawmakers

BY: - February 18, 2021

In early February, allegations emerged that former chief of staff Mindy Masias was awarded $2.5 million contract in order to prevent her from filing a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against the Branch.

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Private prison phase-out is welcome. Now do it for immigration.

BY: - January 29, 2021

Less than a week into his term, Biden issued an executive order that will phase out Department of Justice contracts with private firms that operate criminal detention facilities. It was a welcome move. But an incomplete one.

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 […]

Some criminal cases among backlog could be dropped due to Colorado’s speedy trial mandate

BY: - August 6, 2020

Colorado judicial districts got the green light to resume criminal jury trials this week after the coronavirus shut down much of in-person court operations in mid-March. The nearly five-month delay has created a hefty backlog of criminal cases awaiting trial, which some worry could result in prosecutors dropping some because of Colorado’s speedy trial mandate. […]