Don’t forget to download Law Week’s new Hearsay podcast episode on the Cielo Vista Ranch case. This month the Colorado Court of Appeals issued a decision in the 37-year land use litigation. Find out what it was like for the case’s attorneys to handle a record of over 20,000 pages.
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IN LOCAL NEWS:
Juvenile Justice Task Force Releases Final Report
A task force studying Colorado’s juvenile justice system issued its findings, which include a troubling recidivism rate among incarcerated minors. State house rep and senator-elect Pete Lee gave an interview on the results.
Speech Pathologist Will Go to Prison for Fraud
A speech pathologist in the Colorado Springs area was sentenced to eight years in prison for defrauding Medicare of nearly $1.3 million over six years.
Study: Almost 300,000 Acres of Colorado Public Land Is Inaccessible
Private property holdings “landlock” large parcels of federally-owned land in Colorado, effectively closing off those lands from the public, according to a report by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and a GPS mapping company.
State Democrats Will Focus on ‘Red Flag’ Gun Bill
Democrats in the General Assembly will push a gun control bill in 2019 that would empower judges to temporarily seize firearms from people that pose an “imminent risk.” There’s little talk of any other gun-related measures so far, like a bump stock or assault weapons ban.
State Conservation Agency Now Using Drones to Watch Wildlife
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is now flying drones to help with its census counts and to watch for poachers.
IN NATIONAL NEWS
Michael Cohen Makes Guilty Plea to Charges Involving Trump Tower Moscow Deal
President Trump’s former personal lawyer and “fixer” pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress about the president’s plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen now says the project was still in negotiation through summer 2016, contradicting Trump’s repeated insistence throughout his election campaign that had no business interests in Russia.
Warren Pressing Lobbyists on Saudi Work
Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent letters to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck, Hogan Lovells, Squire Patton Boggs and other firms asking them to disclose their lobbying ties with Saudi Arabia in light of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. She also asked for information on their contracts to represent the kingdom and whether the Trump administration was involved in them.
Federal Agents Raid Law Firm That Handled Trump Tax Matters
Yesterday federal agents shut down two offices by the Chicago alderman, Edward Burke, who had worked on tax disputes for the Trump Organization. No arrests were made, and it is unclear whether the morning raids were connected to Donald Trump or his business dealings.
Federal Judge Orders California Utility to Explain Any Connections to Wildfires
U.S. District Judge William Alsup wants Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to disclose whatever connection it might have had to the Camp fire that caused the deaths of at least 88 people. The judge is currently overseeing the company’s probation, which was instituted for its role in a deadly fire back in 2010.
Wall Street Law Firm Joins Others in Enhancing Parental Leave Benefits
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson will now offer gender-neutral paid parental leave to staff and attorneys that lasts at least 12 weeks. The firm previously offered five weeks of paid leave upon a child’s birth, with primary caregivers eligible for another five weeks.