Legal Lasso: New Zealand Shooter Already Raising Trial Questions

by Tony Flesor

A terrorist attack in New Zealand over the weekend left 50 people dead at two mosques. The man accused of committing the acts has since fired his lawyer, which has some concerned his trial will be used as a platform for his racist views.

IN LOCAL NEWS

Grocery Workers Set for a Strike
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Popular Vote Bill Gets Signed
On Friday, with a signature from Gov. Jared Polis, Colorado joined a group of states that have pledged their electoral college votes to the winner of the national popular vote.

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Street Lawyer-Turned Judge
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IN NATIONAL NEWS

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Court Packing
And Gillibrand joined her fellow candidates and senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris in saying they’re at least considering raising the number of Supreme Court justices, saying we’re on the verge of a “crisis of conscience.”

10th Circuit Won’t Reconsider Kavanaugh Complaints
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Friday rejected 20 appeals to its decision regarding ethics complaints filed against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The court had earlier said the law regarding federal judges’ conduct doesn’t apply to those on the Supreme Court.

When You Got it, You Got it
A 16-year-old who is an incoming 1L student at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law was accepted to nine law schools by her count. After being home schooled, she finished high school by age 13 and is graduating college in May.

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