Legal Lasso: Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan Dead at 69



Aurora Mayor Dead at 69
Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan died at 69 after a battle with cancer. He had been mayor since 2011. The city council will now be interviewing new mayor candidates to finish his term.

Denver Stonewalls the Independent Monitor
The Denver city administration told the independent monitor he doesn’t have the power to oversee internal investigations of top-ranking police officials, and now he and the city are arguing over the legal boundaries of his role.

Lima-Marin Shows Support to Co-Defendant
Rene Lima-Marin — the man who was accidentally released from prison, returned to prison and released again — showed up to a court hearing for his co-defendant Michael Clifton who is still serving a 98-year sentence.

Boulder’s Gun Law Lacking Firepower
The Boulder City Council is preparing to adopt a local ban on the sale and possession of assault weapons, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines, but city attorneys and police officials say the law lacks teeth.

Opioid Bills Awaiting Signature
A package of opioid bills is sitting on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk awaiting signature. The bills include increasing access to behavioral health care providers and medication-assisted treatment, limiting pain pill prescriptions limits and changing how insurance and Medicaid handle opioid dependence medications.



Free-Range Parenting
Utah’s “free-range parenting” law went into effect, which redefines “child neglect” to allow for a more common-sense understanding of the constraints of parental supervision.

After Settlement, the Show Will Go on
The estate of Harper Lee has reached a settlement in litigation over its objections to a Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. The play will continue as scheduled.

Rewriting the Manual for Transgender Offenders
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons revised its policies regarding transgender offenders. Among the guidelines rewritten in the manual, it no longer has language asking that an inmate’s gender identity, not the sex they were assigned at birth, be considered when recommending a housing facility for them.

SCOTUS Clears Path for Sports Betting
The Supreme Court published an opinion this morning that clears the way for states to legalize sports betting, striking down a 1992 federal law that had prohibited most states from authorizing sports betting.

Timing Justices
It might be time to rethink how Supreme Court justices are appointed. After asking that any justice planning on retiring does so immediately, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said he won’t hold hearings or a vote on a Supreme Court nomination if a vacancy occurs in the 2020 presidential election year.

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