Legal Lasso: End Could be Coming for 1984 Cold Case

COMPILED BY LAW WEEK COLORADO’S NEWS STAFF

IN LOCAL NEWS:

Cold Case Reaches ‘Critical Stage’
A cold case from 1984 heated up this week, when the Denver Post received a tip that DNA evidence matches a Nevada inmate to a string of Colorado rapes and murders. Authorities are holding a news conference on Friday.

Hickenlooper Not on National Radar
Gov. John Hickenlooper might be entertaining a presidential run, but polls consider him a longshot candidate on the national scene.

Seattle Law Firm to Enter Colorado Opioid Lawsuit
Seattle-based lawsuit Keller Rohrback is being tapped to represent a group of Colorado cities and counties in their lawsuit against makers and distributors of prescription.

Salazar Returning to Private Practice
Following the attorney general primary, Joe Salazar is returning to his private civil rights practice and is working on a memoir being described as a manifesto for progressives seeking office.

Developer Sued for Lack of Wheelchair Access
A Frederick couple, represented by the nonprofit Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, are suing a housing developer for not accommodating their request for wheelchair-accessible design in their to-be-built house.


IN NATIONAL NEWS:

Manafort Defense Goes After Gates
Defense lawyers in the Paul Manafort trial went on the offensive yesterday as they tried to undermine Rick Gates’ credibility by questioning him about an affair and a timeline of when he lied to the government and pleaded guilty to the crimes.

West Virginia Justices Face Impeachment 
The West Virginia House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment for  against the four sitting justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals for a variety of reasons, but all charged with “unnecessary and lavish” spending of taxpayer dollars to renovate their offices.

Judge Says App Must Break Anonymity
A federal judge in California ruled that a confidential messaging app must release the identity of a user accused of helping plan violence at a white nationalist rally last year in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Supreme Court Interruptions
A study examining interruptions during Supreme Court oral arguments was updated with findings saying that, in the most recent session, male-female interruptions were at their second-highest in 20 years. And as a plug for Law Week’s podcast, we previously looked at whether Colorado’s court has similar problems (it doesn’t, but there might be other things going on.)

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