Legal Lasso: Courts Step in on Inmate Mental Health

by Tony Flesor

COMPILED BY LAW WEEK COLORADO’S NEWS STAFF

IN LOCAL NEWS:

Mentally Ill Inmates Becoming Courts’ Problem
The processing time to get mentally ill inmates treatment is more and more often becoming an issue for the courts. Colorado’s Department of Human Services has fielded at least 59 contempt of court citations or threats of contempt for the issue.

AG Coffman Takes on Abusive Lending
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is leading a coalition of state attorneys general in urging the U.S. Senate to reject legislation that would hamper efforts to fight abusive lending practices.

The End of the ‘Farting Unicorn’ Saga
The Colorado man who was behind the “farting unicorn” mugs were ripped off and made famous by Elon Musk and Tesla reached a settlement with Musk. Tesla has paid for the right to continue using the image.

The Plastic Straw Debate
While some Colorado communities look to get rid of plastic straws, a 1993 state statute could prevent local governments from setting such regulations on plastic products.

Lawyer Could Face Ethics Trouble for Body Cam Footage
Defense lawyer David Lane was admonished by a judge and could face a professional conduct claim for releasing police bodycam footage showing his client’s arrest.

 

IN NATIONAL NEWS:

No Tribal Immunity for Patents
A federal appeals court said Friday that pharmaceutical companies can’t hide patents behind tribal sovereignty. The contentious Allergan case will now go back to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Florida Stand-Your-Ground Law Extends to Parking Spots
A Florida sheriff said he can’t charge a man who fatally shot another in a parking lot because the shooter was protected by the state’s stand-your-ground law.

Rand’s Stance on Kavanaugh
Rand Paul is the center of attention on Capital Hill after saying he’s “honestly undecided” about how he will vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation for the U.S. Supreme Court. If he were to vote Kavanaugh down, Paul could block his confirmation.

Not Just Roe v. Wade
Gun control is now being identified as a potential big issue for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court appointment. Kavanaugh has upheld only “longstanding gun restrictions,” which puts him in opposition to those pushing for gun control.

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