Legal Lasso: Cielo Vista Ranch Dispute Ending

by Tony Flesor

COMPILED BY LAW WEEK COLORADO’S NEWS STAFF

I know many law firms in the area have gone pretty quiet as we rush toward Christmas and New Year’s, but there has been a flurry of news coming out this week despite that. We have some new updates to what might be Colorado’s longest-running litigation as well as some news about Colorado’s connection to the Brett Kavanaugh sexual misconduct saga. Read on for more.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

Cielo Ranch Dispute Ending
The decades-long litigation over the Cielo Vista Ranch land is coming to an end. The ranch owner have said they are ending their appeal and are searching for a less litigious resolution to the dispute. Interested in some of the legal work that went into the massive case? Well, we’ve got a podcast for you.

Masterpiece Cakeshop Back in Court
Jack Phillips, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, was back in court yesterday arguing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission is again harassing him because of his religious beliefs.

COGCC Increases School Setbacks
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted unanimously to increase drilling operation setbacks from schools. Wells now need to be located 1,000 feet from school buildings.

1601 Wewatta Sold
The downtown building that houses Deloitte and Hogan Lovells is changing owners. The transaction is believed to be the third-largest in metro Denver in 2018.


IN NATIONAL NEWS

Flynn’s Sentencing Put on Hold
The sentencing for Michael Flynn was delayed, but not before the federal judge overseeing the case let everyone know how he really feels. He also didn’t indicate that Flynn was going to succeed in avoiding jail time.

Senate Passes Criminal Justice Reform
The Senate voted to pass a major criminal justice reform bill that reduces some convicts sentences while also changing the discrepancy in sentencing for crack versus cocaine.

Texas Judge Reprimanded for Sexual Misconduct
A Texas judge has received a public reprimand for groping three women, including a fellow judge, during a social function last year. He also has unrelated criminal charges currently pending.

Poacher Sentenced to Watch Bambi
A Missouri judge got creative for the one-year sentence of a poacher who illegally killed deer. The poacher will be required to watch “Bambi” at least once a month while serving his sentence.

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