Legal Lasso: Colorado Ends Long-term Solitary Confinement

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IN LOCAL NEWS:

Curbing Solitary Confinement
The Colorado Department of Corrections announced yesterday that has some changes to its solitary confinement policies — it banned the practice of keeping inmates in state prisons in solitary confinement for longer than 15 days. The department chief described the practice as “torture.”

Energy Industry Sues a Suburb
The Colorado Oil and Gas Association filed a lawsuit against the city of Thornton earlier this week, challenging its strict setback regulations. The Supreme Court in other cases said the power to regulate the industry is with the state, not localities.

Real Estate Attorneys Lateral to Greenberg Traurig
Greenberg Traurig is building out its real estate team with the lateral of two attorneys from Akerman. One of the new hires will work in the Denver office, though both have their sights set on California’s real estate market.

Denver Teacher Files ACA Lawsuit
A Denver teacher is taking the Trump administration’s ACA changes personally and is pursuing an individual lawsuit against the president claiming the recent changes discriminate against women and violate her rights.

A Change to Colorado’s School Testing
The Colorado State Board of Education voted this week to set up two quality systems for the state’s schools, one of which will revise the state’s opt-out system for school testing.

IN NATIONAL NEWS: 

ACA Overhaul
In case you missed it, President Trump announced major changes to the ACA yesterday. And, as expected, the move has drawn backlash with industry experts claiming that the changes could violate ERISA.

Judicial Oversight and/or Bad Prosecuting
News spread recently that a judge awarded joint custody of a child to a man accused of raping the child’s mother when she was 12. Although the judge has drawn plenty of criticism, prosecutors who sought child support from him did not introduce that information.

White Supremacist Groups Sued for Charlottesville Violence
Eleven Charlottesville residents are suing white supremacist groups claiming damages for the violence that broke out in August. The suits cite laws created to curb intimidation of Southern blacks.

Criminal Justice Reforms in California
California governor Jerry Brown signed a criminal justice reform bill that ends the practice of billing parents for their child’s incarceration.

Child Murderer’s Funeral Wishes Rejected
In bizarre criminal law news, a judge in the U.K. rejected the wishes of a deceased convict who had tortured and murdered children; the murderer wanted to have a symphony played during his cremation.

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