COMPILED BY LAW WEEK COLORADO’S NEWS STAFF
IN LOCAL NEWS:
Safe Injection Site Proposals Return
Efforts to create a safe injection site are being renewed in both the Denver City Council and state legislature, despite federal laws against them.
Leadership Problems in Congress
In Congress, Rep. Diana DeGette is backing out of the race for House majority whip, citing the pressure she’s facing from fellow congresspeople to retain the Democratic leadership. Meanwhile, Rep. Ed Perlmutter is joining the group of 16 Democrats opposing top leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi in her bid for Speaker of the House.
Another Colorado Contender in 2020?
Eyes are on Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet as a potential presidential candidate in 2020.
Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Detention Center
A Cañon City man filed a civil rights lawsuit claiming he was “barbarically restrained and warehoused” during a mental health crisis at the Fremont County Detention Center in 2016.
Watts Sentenced to Life
Christopher Watts was sentenced to life in prison for killing his pregnant wife and two children.
IN NATIONAL NEWS
Trump Administration Wants Police to Use Census Information
The Trump administration has discussed the possibility that in the future, census information could be shared with law enforcement. That is rightfully raising some concerns about that citizenship question the administration has been supporting.
Gorsuch Takes up Scalia Cause
Everyone expected Justice Neil Gorsuch to be fill the void left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the high court; he’s living up to that with a dissent in a case regarding the constitutional right of a victim to confront their accuser.
Court Blocks Asylum Ban
A federal court in San Francisco has temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s new asylum ban, saying it violates existing law and would cause irreparable harm to immigrants.
White House Drops Legal Fight With CNN
The White House and CNN agreed to drop their legal dispute after the White House agreed to return press credentials to CNN reporter Jim Acosta. There are some new rules for reporters’ behavior, however.
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