Legal Lasso: Attorneys Seek Removal From Murder Case

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IN LOCAL NEWS:

Public Defenders Ask to be Removed From Murder Case
Attorneys for the suspect in a case involving a fatal Boulder shootout are asking to be taken off the case after a judge denied the suspect’s requests to remove them. The attorneys cited a “complete breakdown in communications” with their client.

New Mexico Considering Party-Line Voting
The New Mexico Supreme Court is considering whether to allow straight party-line voting by allowing voters to check a single box to fill out their ballots.

Greg Hobbs Gives a Water Law Primer
Water law expert and former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs weighed in on whether state agreements over Colorado River rights can survive ongoing drought (spoiler: it can).

Michelle Obama Plans Return to Denver
First Hillary Clinton, now Michelle Obama has announced a return to Colorado in the near future. The former first lady will visit the Pepsi Center to promote a new book.

Rocky Flats Set to Open
The 17-year conversion of the Cold War-era Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant into a federal wildlife refuge will be complete this weekend with the opening to the public of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.

 

IN NATIONAL NEWS:

PACs Have Free Speech Rights
The 8th Circuit ruled that a Missouri law banning donations between political action committees violates the First Amendment; the court ruled that the ban “limits the donor-PAC’s speech and associational rights.”

Migrant Children Detainees Reaches New High
The number of migrant children held in detention has set a new record despite the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce the number of undocumented families coming to the U.S. in the first place.

Census Question Likely to go to Supreme Court
The Trump administration is preparing for a Supreme Court fight over a decision to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 U.S. census.

I Know Lawyers Work Hard, But…
Despite law offices and courts in the Carolinas closing, lawyers on the coast are finding ways to keep working, and billing hours, despite Hurricane Florence closing in.

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