Legal Lasso: Senators Preparing for Kavanaugh Vote

COMPILED BY LAW WEEK COLORADO’S NEWS STAFF

IN LOCAL NEWS:

Bennet a No-Vote on Kavanaugh
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said he’s opposing the appointment of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Just one of the reasons he cited was that Kavanaugh’s  view that sitting presidents may be immune from criminal investigations “is particularly troublesome at this moment.”

Hundreds of Mentally Ill People Jailed Without Conviction
Almost 300 mentally ill people across the state have been jailed for months without a conviction because state officials say there is not enough room at the mental health hospital to treat them prior to trial.

Corporations Spending Big on Ballot Measures
Corporations have spent tens of millions of dollars on shifting the vote one way or another on Colorado’s ballot initiatives. The corporate spend dwarfs nonprofit and citizen fundraising.

Clinton Heads to Colorado
Hillary Clinton is returning to Denver on a political fundraising tour. She’ll make an appearance at the home of former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and fundraise for Democratic candidates and the DNC.

 

IN NATIONAL NEWS:

New Policy Blocks Would-Be Immigrants
Yesterday, a Trump administration immigration policy went into effect, allowing immigration officials to deny green card or visa applications that are incomplete or erroneous. Immigration lawyers say there isn’t enough oversight to prevent the policy from being abused.

Political Bias Investigation Shouldn’t be Politically Biased
The California attorney general said the DOJ probe into political bias on social media should include Democratic as well as Republican attorneys general.

Senators Pressured to Vote ‘No’ on Kavanaugh.
Interest groups are putting the screws to Democratic senators in an effort to pressure them to oppose Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Sen. Suzanne Collins said her office has been targeted with vulgar language and threats pushing her to vote no on his appointment.

State Farm Settles RICO Class Action
State Farm has agreed to pay $250 million to settle a class action claiming it created a RICO enterprise to secretly fund the election of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, who later voted to overturn a $1.05 billion verdict against the company.

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