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IN LOCAL NEWS:
Suspected Killer Dies Before Trial
A man linked by DNA evidence to the 1999 murder of prosecutor Rebecca Bartee died Saturday before he ever went to the trial for the murder. Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler said justice has been denied for Bartee.
No Charges for Officer in Journalist Detainment
Denver District Attorney Beth McCann declined to press charges against the police officer who detained Colorado Independent Susan Greene for taking photos of an arrest on a street.
Mixed Messages on ICE Cooperation
Two judges from the same judicial district are in disagreement about whether a sheriff can hold unauthorized immigrants past their release dates in cooperation with ICE.
Transportation Measure Makes Ballot
Ballot Initiative 153, also known as “Let’s Go Colorado,” will appear on the November ballot. The measure would increase the state’s sales-and-use tax rate by 0.62 percentage points from 2.9 percent to 3.52 percent in order to fund road repairs and transit projects.
Denver Takes on Criminal Justice Reform
Denver DA Beth McCann is trying to reduce recidivism with the city’s first pre-file diversion program. The program will help young adults with a criminal record secure financial opportunities, finding housing, gaining employment and sometimes even the right to vote.
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
Sessions Stands up for DOJ
Attorney General Jeff Sessions stood by his Department of Justice attorneys in response to President Donald Trump saying the DOJ was perpetuating a “witch hunt” in the Russia investigation.
Trump Support/Manafort Juror Discusses Experience
A juror in the Paul Manafort trial went on Fox News to discuss her experience on the jury, her support for President Donald Trump and how she found Manafort guilty on eight counts despite her desire not to.
Texas Legal Market Heating Up
It seems like Colorado’s legal market is hot right now, but a dispute between a legal recruiter and a recruiting firm show the machinations behind Texas’ legal market.
Former West Virginia Justice Pleads Guilty
A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud for personal use for a state-owned vehicle. The justice, Menis Ketchum, resigned ahead of the impeachment vote this month that pushed out all of the remaining justices.
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