Boulder shooting suspect faces 43 additional charges, including for large-capacity magazines
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
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
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.
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
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.
Private prison phase-out is welcome. Now do it for immigration.
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.
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
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. […]