IN LOCAL NEWS
Church of Cannabis Back in Court
The case involving Denver’s Church of Cannabis is getting a new day in court after a mistrial last year.
Lawyer Convicted in Marijuana Company’s Securities Case
And in other marijuana law news, a corporate lawyer was found guilty of conspiring in a securities fraud scheme involving a company that sells hydroponic cannabis grow equipment.
Sex Ed Bill Draws a Crowd
The biggest bill of the legislative session thus far is one dealing with sex ed in public schools. The committee hearing for the bill went late into the night and had roughly 300 people signed up to testify on the bill.
Gardner Eyes 2020
Sen. Cory Gardner said he stands behind President Donald Trump in his bid for reelection because he knows what Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris would do to Colorado. Gardner also has some new competition for his Senate seat, though, in former Democratic state senator and gubernatorial candidate Mike Johnston.
Outdoor Retailer Show Focuses on Climate Change
The annual Outdoor Retailer Snow Show got started with a bang as three major industry groups announced the Outdoor Business Climate Partnership, which will push for policies fighting climate change.
IN NATIONAL NEWS
Securities Class Actions Just Below Record High
Securities class action filings remained at near record levels last year, with 403 new federal class action securities cases in 2018. The record high came in 2017 with 412 filed.
Massachusetts Settles with Exonerated Man
A wrongfully convicted man who spent nearly 38 years in prison will receive a $1 million settlement from the state of Massachusetts.
Public Defenders Overworked Around the Country
One Louisiana public defender handled 194 in one day in April. In Rhode Island, one public defender handled dozens of cases in a morning with defendants getting just a couple minutes of court time. Around the country, public defenders are struggling to offer the constitutionally required level of representation.
Judge Blasts California Utility for Fire Risk
During a hearing about bankruptcy protection for Pacific Gas and Electric, a federal judge in California accused the utility company of increasing fire risk by putting power lines too close to trees, and seeking profits over public safety.
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