I missed last night’s Super Bowl, but I guess I wouldn’t say I missed much by the sound of it. I personally was still a little sore about the prospect of watching the
St. Louis Los Angeles Rams in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, but by all accounts, the game was pretty tame overall and a lot worse than the Rams’ last Super Bowl appearance. Hopefully all you viewers out there at least had some good snacks.
In news a little more in line with our legal focus, we have some interesting articles below about the opioid epidemic’s effect on prosecutions and a lawsuit to make PACER free, among others.
IN LOCAL NEWS
Felony Charges Reach Record Level
The state’s overall crime rate and jail population are mostly steady, but prosecutors around Colorado are filing more felony charges. The increase is thought to be tied to rising drug addiction.
Denver Creates Marijuana Navigational Tool
Denver is hiring a “cannabis process manager” to help marijuana entrepreneurs navigate the red tape involved in starting their new businesses.
Church of Cannabis Founder Guilty
After a four-day trial, one of the founders of Denver’s International Church of Cannabis was found guilty of violating laws regarding public consumption and clean air.
One More Contender for Gardner’s Seat
Former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff is challenging Sen. Cory Gardner for his seat on the U.S. Senate.
State Considering Reinsurance Program
State legislators on Friday introduced a bill that is intended to lower health insurance premiums by helping the insurers pay for high-cost claims.
IN NATIONAL NEWS
A group of retired judges is signing on as amici in a federal lawsuit claiming PACER should be free. The judges claim PACER’s fees harm court transparency and the legitimacy of the courts.
Avenatti Won’t Be Charged
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, will not be charged with domestic violence, but the charges could come up later.
Nothing to See Here
The legal sector remained flat through December and January, neither gaining or losing a significant number of jobs.
Baltimore Won’t Prosecute Marijuana Crimes
Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby will no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases, saying she’d rather have the state focus on violent crimes and improving law enforcement’s community relations.
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