Phil Weiser

Polis amends order to allow any ‘persons’ involved in McClain case to be prosecuted if necessary

BY: - November 12, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday amended an executive order originally issued in June that designated Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser as the state’s special prosecutor to investigate the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died days after a violent encounter with Aurora police officers in Aug. 2019. McClain was suspected of no […]

Supreme Court to review Trump plan for excluding undocumented immigrants from census

BY: - October 19, 2020

The Supreme Court on Oct. 13 allowed the U.S. Census Bureau to stop counting people across the country two weeks earlier than a lower court’s order had originally required, raising fears that many people — including racial and ethnic minorities, who have historically been undercounted — would not be included in the census data. Now, the […]

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Debt looms for Coloradans with student loan payments soon to come due

BY: - October 17, 2020

With another round of pandemic relief legislation looking more and more unlikely to arrive before the new year, people in student loan debt who’ve recently faced financial hardships could be in trouble. On March 20, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos directed the Federal Student Aid office to suspend loan payments on all federal student loans held […]

COMMENTARY

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Replacing the irreplaceable

BY: - September 23, 2020

Black wool crepes drape over the chair that once held her 100-pound frame. The court’s flag remains at half-staff. Mourners pay their respects by the thousands. It feels like five feet small has never stood so tall. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the definition of a legal legacy. Even after passing, she continues […]

State officials reach settlement with Postal Service over misleading election mailers

BY: - September 18, 2020

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold on Friday announced that state officials had reached a settlement with the U.S. Postal Service over its distribution of postcards containing misleading information on vote-by-mail procedures last week. “I am pleased with the settlement we reached today with the U.S. Postal Service,” Griswold said in a statement. “The terms […]

Vast majority of misleading Postal Service flyers on mail-in voting already delivered to Coloradans

BY: - September 14, 2020

Three-quarters of the misleading voter-information mailers that prompted the state of Colorado to sue the U.S. Postal Service late last week have already been delivered, and a large portion of the rest are on their way, Postal Service officials told a federal judge on Sunday. More than 1.6 million Colorado households had already received the […]

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One year, five investigations and a lawsuit: Community seeks justice for Elijah McClain

BY: - August 22, 2020

When Lindsay Minter, an Aurora-based community activist, closes her eyes at the end of every day, the violent scene that led to Elijah McClain’s death last August plays through her mind like a movie reel. Her heart aches when she thinks of how McClain’s mother, Sheenan, has been forced to grieve her son’s death in […]

Colorado joins multistate federal lawsuit challenging U.S. Postal Service cuts

BY: - August 18, 2020

Colorado joined a multistate federal lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the recent operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service that could affect the national election in November. The lawsuit, which will be filed in federal court in Washington state, includes a coalition of states including Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, […]

‘Stay vigilant’ to protect mail-in voting system, cautions AG Weiser

BY: - August 8, 2020

Phil Weiser, the Colorado attorney general, expressed confidence in the integrity of the state’s mail-in voting system and its ability to defeat a legal challenge to the system. But he acknowledged a need to be on guard against ways President Trump or members of his administration might compromise the vote, specifically if Trump campaign-friendly leadership […]

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Colorado joins lawsuit over administration’s move to exclude undocumented immigrants

BY: - July 27, 2020

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced July 24 that he had joined a lawsuit over a Trump administration memo declaring that “illegal aliens” would not be counted for the purpose of apportionment — the process of determining a state’s representation in Congress. The lawsuit, filed in federal court for the Southern District of New York, […]

Colorado joins suit over Trump administration’s new policy for international students

BY: - July 13, 2020

In yet another multi-state lawsuit over the Donald Trump administration’s proposed policies, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser joined forces with 16 other states and the District of Columbia in an effort to stop new requirements for international students from taking effect. A new rule announced July 6 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement requires that international […]

States can bind electors to votes, U.S. Supreme Court rules

BY: - July 6, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled July 6 in favor of the state of Colorado — and against “faithless electors” — in a case concerning a member of the Electoral College who tried to vote against the state’s preference in the 2016 presidential election. The case was closely watched, as some feared an outcome allowing Electoral […]