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IN LOCAL NEWS:
Chief Justice Rice to Retire
The Colorado Supreme Court will soon be searching for a new justice. Chief Justice Nancy Rice officially announced yesterday that she will retire in June.
Oil and Gas Safety Bill Dies
Despite it following in line with a Colorado Court of Appeals ruling, a bill requiring state regulators to prioritize public health and the environment died in the Senate.
PERA Overhaul Bill Introduced
Legislators introduced a bill to cut public employee retirement benefits and boost contributions to PERA in order to solve its budgetary problems. But changes are likely to come if the bill succeeds.
Hancock the Focus of #MeToo Rally
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and his text message sexual harassment scandal were the subject of a rally yesterday morning where protestors called for his resignation or an investigation into his actions.
Senate Dems Still Pushing for Baumgardner Hearing
The Senate seems to be at a standstill over whether it will allow debate on a resolution to expel Sen. Randy Baumgardner. Senate President Kevin Grantham maintains that Baumgardner has been punished and the District Attorney should investigate harassment complaints at the Capitol.
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
FBI Involved in Illegal Search Lawsuit
According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Geek Squad has been acting as a paid informant to the FBI when they found illicit information on customers’ computers. The relationship is so close, according to the EFF, and a Washington Post article, taking your computer is essentially the same as taking it directly to the FBI.
Reviewing Labor Laws in the Gig Economy
Courts are again — or more accurately, still — reviewing employment laws dealing with the line between contractors and employees within the gig economy.
ABA Gets Involved in Gun Control
The American Bar Association is taking on the issue of gun control. ABA president Hilarie Bass is urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to “curb the scourge of gun violence.”
Lawsuit-Selling Lawyer Sentenced to 30 Months
A former Akin and DOJ lawyer who was selling sealed lawsuits to defendants was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
BigLaw Attorney Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal
An attorney who last week joined BigLaw firm Mayer Brown resigned from the firm after it was reported he was dismissed from Morrison & Foerster in relation to sexual harassment allegations.
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