Legal Lasso: Brooks Fell Into Gap in Election Law

by Tony Flesor

COMPILED BY LAW WEEK COLORADO’S NEWS STAFF

IN LOCAL NEWS:

Gap in Coverage
Denver City Council President Albus Brooks did not violate campaign finance rules when he donated $500 of city money to a local school, according to an administrative law judge. And that’s thanks to a hole where Colorado and Denver’s election laws come together.

Primaries Spark Debate
All four GOP candidates for governor joined a debate ahead of the June 26 primaries. The candidates argued over who had the best chance to win in November and one another’s credentials and demeanor.

Newspaper Pulled Into Legal Fight Over Autopsy Records
Evergreen’s local newspaper and two of its reporters are facing a lawsuit after trying to gain autopsy records. The newspaper had already threatened to sue the coroner and 11th Judicial District Attorney for failing to fulfill a CORA request on the subject.

It’s Just Funny
The man who was accidentally shot by an FBI agent at Mile High Spirits in Denver was seriously injured. But still, he said he couldn’t help but laugh when he saw the video.

Veto the Vetoes
A group of critics of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s recent actions on marijuana gathered on the capitol steps Thursday. They called for lawmakers to explore all options to pass at least some of the vetoed legislation.

 

IN NATIONAL NEWS:

Invalidation Through Inaction
Republicans failed to fully remove the Affordable Care Act, but the Trump administration is instead opting to just not enforce it. The Trump administration said key parts of the ACA should be invalidated and that the individual mandate is unconstitutional.

Familial Separation
A federal judge found the government’s practice of separating immigrant parents and their minor children who come to the U.S. seeking asylum potentially violates the families’ due process rights.

ICE Scales Up
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has acquired space in federal prisons to keep 1,600 detainees. The agreements with the agency that manages federal prisons came because of a surge of border crossings.

Fake French News
France is considering a new law to ban fake news in the months preceding an election — the law would allow social media users to flag suspicious content, which would then prompt the social network to remove the content.

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