Legal Lasso: Civil Rights Issues Around Cigarettes

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IN LOCAL NEWS:

When Smoking is a Civil Rights Issue
A proposal to ban smoking on the 16th Street Mall might be a civil rights violation against homeless citizens, according to advocacy groups. Others say it will improve the air quality on one of downtown Denver’s busiest streets.

On Rooftop Greenery, Try a Carrot Instead of a Stick
The green roof initiative that is being considered on the ballot this year is “too far too fast,” according to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. He said it would actually hamper green development by not providing other options.

Amazon HQ2Behind Closed Doors
There’s a surprising amount of secrecy around Colorado’s bid to bring Amazon’s new headquarters to the state. For instance, not even Aurora knows if Aurora is being considered as a possible home.

Police Brutality Verdict
A disabled Vietnam veteran won a $760,000 jury award in federal court against the City of Kremmling for police brutality he experienced during a raid of the mobile home park where he lived. He was represented by Killmer Lane & Newman.

Boulder Moving Toward Municipalization
This year’s election fundraising suggests Boulder might be moving toward municipalization efforts on several issues rather than away from them, a reversal from what has happened in prior elections in 2011 and 2013.

IN NATIONAL NEWS: 

Moving ‘Out’ From Kirkland & Ellis
Kirkland & Ellis is known for having a fast path to partnership and an “up or out” mentality when it comes to promoting attorneys. And those who move “out” typically land at other BigLaw firms.

Cowboys Have Labor Rights, Too
Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys said he would bench any player who does not stand for the National Anthem, prompting a union to file a charge with the NLRB.

Ending ‘Fake News’ Isn’t Only a First Amendment Question
President Trump said he would pull NBC’s broadcast license for what he said was “fake news.” But it turns out the First Amendment isn’t the only legal hurdle for him to clear in order to do so.

Restricting Trump Protest Warrant
A Washington, D.C., judge narrowed a DOJ warrant to search for data on a website used to organize protests against President Trump.

Executive Branch Positions Might Never be Filled
President Trump said he has no intention of filling many of the federal jobs awaiting nominees, saying that they’re not needed. As of now, 50 percent of DOJ jobs needing to be filled don’t even have a nominee, and other agencies have it worse.

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