Legal Lasso: Boulder Bans Assault Rifles

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IN LOCAL NEWS:

Boulder Bans Assault Rifles
Boulder’s City Council voted unanimously last night to ban assault-style weapons. The ban doesn’t affect gun owners who already have them, though.

Brighton Home Owner Forced Out of Mineral Rights
A Brighton woman is being “forced pooled”
— she lost the mineral rights for the land under her home after one of her neighbors agreed to sell their own.

Outburst at a Death Penalty Case 
A death penalty case in El Paso County started with a bang as the defendant threw a laptop across the courtroom. The defendant was temporarily ejected from his own trial.

Denver Attorney Sentenced in ‘Pump and Dump’ Case
A Denver attorney was sentenced to prison in for her role in a “pump and dump” securities fraud scheme that bilked investors out of $20 million and sent a former Hartford city councilman to jail.

USPTO Announces Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate Recipients
A handful of Denver attorneys from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Faegre Baker Daniels and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton are being recognized by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for their pro bono patent work.

 

IN NATIONAL NEWS:

Fox News Settles Discrimination Case
Fox News has settled a series of racial and gender discrimination cases for a reported $10 million. The latest settlement is on top of previous sexual harassment settlements totaling $45 million since mid-2016, largely due to harassment by Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly.

Judge Says No to Assisted Suicide in California
A California judge overturned the state’s physician-assisted suicide law on Tuesday, giving the state attorney general five days to file an appeal to keep the law in place. The judge said the California Legislature violated the law by passing the End of Life Option Act during a special session dedicated to healthcare issues.

11th Circuit Hears Case on Separation of Church and State
A three-judge panel of judges on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a case questioning the constitutionality of the existence of a cross in a Pensacola, Florida, park. A lower court judge previously ruled that the court needs to come down for separation of church and state.

Manafort Charges Hold Up in Court
A federal judge denied former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s claims that special counsel Robert Mueller did not have the authority to bring charges against him.

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