Legal Lasso: Peeking Behind the Court Record Curtain

It’s not uncommon for us to run into court cases that have confidential details, but that’s typically after a private settlement or arbitration. An investigation of state court records however, found that thousands of records are sealed and stay that way. More on that below.

Also, in non-legal news, an investigation found that Russia’s influence campaign sought to undermine trust in local news by actually sharing news.

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IN LOCAL NEWS:

Sealed Judicial Records
Denver Post report found that upward of 6,000 Colorado court cases — in criminal as well as civil courts — are kept sealed by judges’s orders that remain in effect for years.

CU Looks Into its Books
The University of Colorado is reviewing some of its auxiliary accounts following the news that a professor used one for personal expenses. The professor, Oleg Viktorovich Vasilyev, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and aiding and abetting charges.

Frontier Pilots Ready to Camp Out
Frontier pilots are getting comfortable as they prepare for a potential strike. They parked a “mobile strike center” in front of the Denver City and County Building with the message “100 percent ready to strike.”

AG Candidates Weigh in on Opioids
Colorado’s attorney general candidates have similar goals but different means in the state’s opioid fight.

Global Investment Pulling Out of Local Market
The world’s largest investment fund is selling two major Colorado assets. The company is selling $43 billion worth of bonds in Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.

 

IN NATIONAL NEWS:

Democrats Rally Around ACA
Senate Democrats are choosing health care as a unifier in the fight over the Supreme Court seat. Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is pegged as a threat to the Affordable Care Act.

Execution Stopped After Drugmaker Challenge
Eighth Amendment challenges might not succeed often, but one death row inmate avoided execution after a drugmaker filed a lawsuit to have an execution drug returned.

Stormy Daniels Arrested in Ohio
Stormy Daniels was arrested at an Ohio strip club and charged with three misdemeanors for illegal sexually oriented activity. The charges stem from touching audience members at one of her performances.

Law Professor Shakedown in Vermont
Vermont Law School stripped 14 of its 19 law professors of their tenure; law school regulators are now looking into whether the school followed proper procedures.

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