As someone who enjoys the outdoors and just outrageous news stories, I am really enjoying the in-depth coverage of the runner who fought off a mountain lion. The details are harrowing, and the story is worth hearing for anyone who spends time in Colorado’s wild lands.
And I’ve mentioned here already, but Law Week’s new podcast episode (released earlier this week) deals with President Trump’s influence on the courts and the history of court packing as a political tool.
And to our corporate counsel readers: Law Week, Gibson Arnold & Associates and the Association of Corporate Counsel Rocky Mountain Chapter all need your help. We are collecting information on salary and compensation for in-house attorneys to build data that will help both job-seekers and employers be more competitive in the Colorado legal market.
IN LOCAL NEWS
AG Won’t Fight Moses-EL
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced his office won’t fight Clarence Moses-EL’s state compensation claim. Moses-EL stands to gain nearly $2 million after spending 28 years in prison for rape and assault, of which he was later exonerated.
Weiser Joins Convention Center Inquiry
Weiser’s office is also getting involved in the inquiry into whether there was criminal wrongdoing during the development process for the $233 million expansion of the Colorado Convention Center.
Bennet and Bernhardt
Sen. Michael Bennet says he’ll vote against former Brownstein attorney and lobbyist David Bernhardt’s nomination for Secretary of the Interior. Bernhardt, a Colorado native, was Trump’s pick to replace Ryan Zinke.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission agreed to hear the contract dispute between Tri-State Generation and Transmission and the electric co-op that’s trying to break ties with it. Tri-State argued unsuccessfully that CPUC didn’t have the authority to hear the case.
Doug Bruce Ready for Property Fight
Doug Bruce, the mastermind behind TABOR, is threatening legal action over a recently demolished property that he says was illegally seized by the City of Denver and is slated for development as low-income housing.
IN NATIONAL NEWS
Trump Will Build a Wall
Despite agreeing to sign a bipartisan spending measure to keep the government open, President Donald Trump announced today that he was declaring a national emergency in order to build a border wall. Let the legal debate (and inevitable lawsuits) begin!
William Barr, A.G.
William Barr was sworn in as U.S. Attorney General yesterday after receiving a confirmation vote from the Senate.
And a Potential Conflict of Interest?
And Barr’s son-in-law Tyler McGaughey is leaving his job in the Justice Department to work in the White House counsel’s office where he will advise the president, the executive office and White House staff on legal issues concerning the president and the presidency.
Challenges to Immigration Policy
Earlier this week, a federal judge struck down most of a Trump administration policy that turned away asylum seekers who claimed to suffer domestic violence or gang violence.
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