Legal Lasso: Taylor Takes the Stand

by Tony Flesor

COMPILED BY LAW WEEK COLORADO’S NEWS STAFF

IN LOCAL NEWS:

Excessive Force Suit Filed
A Denver police officer and the city government are being sued for excessive force after the officer tased a homeless man, and fellow officers are accused of filing false reports about the incident.

An American Institution
Think American culture is litigious? Colorado Department of Transportation director Shailen Bhatt said it’s the “American process” to sue when you don’t like something, and citizens have responded with four lawsuits against a project expanding I-70.

Well He’s Not Wrong
George Brauchler frequently says on the campaign trail that he asked to be among the lowest-paid district attorneys in the state. 9News found that he is telling the truth but that he leaves out the part that the county commissioners only gave him that salary for one year.

Police Criticized for Data-Driven Crime Tracking
Denver auditor Timothy O’Brien found that the Denver Police rolled out a data-driven crime tracking tool haphazardly and that the poor approach led to a lack of buy-in.

Taylor Takes the Stand
Taylor Swift took the stand yesterday and said there was no question that she was groped. Her claims were backed up by a photographer at the event.

IN NATIONAL NEWS:

Feeling Out of the Loop
Senate Democrats are complaining of feeling left out when it comes to information regarding President Trump’s picks for federal judge seats.

Trump Files Brief on Travel Ban
The Trump administration filed its brief to the Supreme Court in defense of its travel ban. The brief rehashes many of the prior arguments, mainly that the order is necessary in order to protect the country from terrorist attacks.

Manafort Rejoins Miller & Chavalier
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort split from WilmerHale and rejoined his former law firm, Miller & Chevalier.

Reform Only Part of Path to Legal Profession
A convicted felon who attended Yale Law School and passed the bar is being asked to show his “good moral character” before being allowed to practice law. The question is protocol though; three states ban felons outright from becoming lawyers.

Show Your Work
A Colorado Supreme Court case from the 1990s is being used as precedent in a case in New Mexico in which governor vetos of new laws are being challenged because she didn’t explain why she vetoed them.

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