Legal Lasso: 10th Circuit Tosses Kavanaugh Complaint

by Tony Flesor

COMPILED BY LAW WEEK’S NEWS STAFF

IN LOCAL NEWS

10th Circuit Tosses Kavanaugh Complaints
A panel of 10th Circuit Court of Appeals judges said judicial misconduct complaints made against now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh are outside the court’s jurisdiction. Kavanaugh faced 83 complaints about his judicial temperament and alleging that he lied to Congress during his Supreme Court confirmation process.

More Options on Birth Certificates
The Colorado Department of Health and the Environment approved a measure to allow four options for sexual identifiers on birth certificates: male, female, intersex and “X”. The decision comes following a lawsuit brought by a 13-year-old against the state after he wasn’t allowed to change his gender identity on his birth certificate.

Colorado’s Presidential Hopefuls
Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Michael Bennet are both believed to be contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket, but they are among 45 Democrats considered possible options.

Masterpiece Cakeshop Could Return to Supreme Court
A federal judge said he is likely to deny state officials’ request to dismiss a second lawsuit filed by the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner alleging the Colorado Civil Rights Commission harassed him.

Lawsuit Could Block Reservoir Expansion
A group of environmental advocacy organizations filed a lawsuit in hopes of blocking the expansion of Boulder County’s Gross Reservoir. The groups allege the expansion isn’t needed and that it would causing damage that isn’t being addressed or adequately mitigated.

 

IN NATIONAL NEWS

Cohen’s Secret Filing
There was a new filing in the Michael Cohen case that is being kept hidden from public view. No solid guesses here about what the filing is, but was filed in a case in which he pleaded guilty to tax evasion, making false statements to a bank and to campaign contribution crimes related to the payments of hush money to two women who claim they had affairs with Trump.

Senate Passes Stop-Gap Bill
The Senate passed a stop-gap spending bill last night in an effort to keep the government funded and prevent a partial shutdown at the end of the week. President Donald Trump, however, is opposing the deal.

Judge Upholds Johnson & Johnson Verdict
A St. Louis judge has upheld a $4.7 billion talcum powder verdict, just one day after another judge refused to toss out the state of Mississippi’s case against Johnson & Johnson.

Fake-Witch Hunt
A Canadian woman was charged with practicing fake witchcraft just days before the law prohibiting fraudulent witchcraft was taken off the books.