Legal Lasso: The Independent Has a Front Seat in First Amendment Fight

by Tony Flesor

In general, journalists want to avoid reporting on themselves or becoming part of the news. But when it’s a First Amendment issue and it involves getting arrested for recording a police interaction in a public space and it’s the editor of a publication known for taking on the City of Denver and surrounding municipalities for First Amendment violations, it makes sense that it’s going to become big news.



Is it Time to Regulate Armed Teachers?
There are no statewide laws regulating whether teachers can or cannot carry guns, but so far, there are more than a handful of armed educators. Thirty school districts or charter schools have cleared the way for their teachers to carry.

‘A Clean Version of Hell’
Attorneys are questioning the constitutionality of isolation at the state’s Supermax prison. Out of 156,000 inmates in federal Bureau of Prisons custody, there are an estimated 40 to 50 in the Supermax’s H Unit.

Independent Editor Arrested for Recording Traffic Stop
Colorado Independent editor Susan Greene became part of the news last week when she was arrested for recording the arrest of a naked man on Colfaxe Avenue. The Denver Police Department said it opened an investigation of the incident.

Cobb in the Mosh Pit
Denver-connected former Trump defense attorney Ty Cobb was caught at a punk show in Washington, D.C. There’s not much to the story, but who doesn’t want to see pictures of Cobb playing air guitar?

Turmoil in Monument
The town government in Monument is in turmoil as the town manager and chief of police get into a political fight and municipal employees question whether they have jobs.



Trump Making a Last-Minute Decision
President Donald Trump is building drama around his Supreme Court appointment, saying he was still making up his mind this morning about his pick. He’ll announce the nominee tonight at 7 p.m. Denver time.

McConnell’s Advice
Mitch McConnell reportedly told Trump that the judges presenting the fewest obstacles to confirmation are Raymond Kethledge of the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Thomas Hardiman of the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A Major Flaw in Immigration Proceedings
A 1-year-old boy recently had to go through immigration court in order to reunite with his family. When asking whether the boy understood the proceedings, the judge said, “I’m embarrassed to ask it, because I don’t know who you would explain it to, unless you think that a 1-year-old could learn immigration law.”

Avvo Ends Legal Services
As a result of its merger with Internet Brands, Avvo will discontinue its flat-rate legal services. Avvo as a company will continue to operate, though.

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