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IN LOCAL NEWS:
Death to Marijuana
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a memo to the nation’s federal prosecutors urging them to seek the death penalty in cases involving large-scale drug traffickers. And those traffickers could include pot shop owners.
A Middle of the Road Agreement
The Colorado Senate might have found compromise on its road maintenance funding issue by pushing a bond ask to 2019 and focusing surplus tax revenue to roads next year instead.
Holland & Hart Might be Clear of Sanctions
Holland & Hart might have a way out from sanctions levied against it for going over a brief length limit after the 9th Circuit found the judge who delivered the sanctions had erred at least in part by ignoring his own updated threshold.
Hancock Might Have Violated Settlement Agreement
A lawyer for a former Denver employee suggested that public statements made by Mayor Michael Hancock in his video apology for sending inappropriate texts might have violated a settlement agreement between Wayne McDonald and the city.
El Paso Sheriff to Dispute ICE Ruling
El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said he plans to appeal a court ruling that prevents him from cooperating with ICE by holding inmates who have posted bond for possible deportation.
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
Trump’s Team Adds One
President Donald Trump is making changes to his legal team; meet the seven lawyers advising him on Stormy Daniels and Robert Mueller.
Dowd Departs from Trump’s Team
And John Down resigned as Trump’s lead lawyer in the special counsel’s investigation. The legal team will continue to cooperate with the Mueller probe.
Ogletree Deakins Hit in Malpractice Suit
Ogletree Deakins will be required to pay nearly $1.2 million in damages plus $550,000 in attorney fees to a British filmmaker who says an associate at the firm botched visa documents, causing the plaintiff to lose her job.
9th Circuit Upholds “Blurred Lines” Verdict
The 9th Circuit sided with the family of Marvin Gaye in the $5.3 million copyright infringement verdict against pop stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over their 2013 song “Blurred Lines.”
What Keeps Up Corporate Counsel
Corporate counsel at a Chicago conference said what keeps them up at night are succession plans, the pace of law firm mergers and international privacy laws.
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