We’re all still slowly poking our heads back out after taking cover from yesterday’s bomb cyclone. Some courts around the state are still closed today while many around the Denver metro area and surrounding cities will be opening late — those ones will all be open by the time this email hits mailboxes, though.
IN LOCAL NEWS
Legislature Considers Bail Ban
The state Capitol is the newest venue for discussions about changing Colorado’s cash bail system. The state judiciary already has a committee to reconsider cash bail, but a bill in the legislature would prohibit judges from setting cash bail. That bill will get a vote today.
Rebranding the Republican Party
The state Republican party is looking to regain some power by moving more moderate. And to do that, they’ve created a new organization to recruit and train new candidates.
A Heartwarming IP Story
An Aurora repair shop owner patented a motorcycle air conditioner after “going in blind” to the patent and prototyping process.
I’m not sure if this is an argument for more or less parking downtown — a new study from a CU Denver professor suggests that people are becoming more inclined to pay for an Uber ride than to search for parking. The study suggests Uber and Lyft drivers are spending more time driving around passengers but that it might also mean there’s less of a need for parking.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced three long-term goals for cleaning up the Gold King Mine spill site in Colorado.
IN NATIONAL NEWS
Manafort Adds to Sentence
Paul Manafort now has a total sentence of 7 1/2 years after his sentencing yesterday. He also faces new charges in New York for mortgage fraud in addition to other financial crimes. The state charges are noteworthy not for their relationship to President Donald Trump but because the president wouldn’t be able to pardon them.
Harvard Law Grad Implicated in Admissions Scandal
Another lawyer’s name is implicated in the college admissions bribery scandal.
Courts Step in on Priest Scandal
An Australian court’s conviction of a Catholic cardinal makes him the highest-profile official to see civil punishment. The conviction suggests that courts around the world are ready to step in on the issue of sexual assault by priests.
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