Colorado’s legislature has typically been used as a model for a collegial, collaborative legislature. But that wasn’t really the case yesterday when Republicans, who were unhappy with how quickly the Democrat-led death penalty repeal was moving through the legislature, did their best to slow things down.
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IN LOCAL NEWS
Pot-Tolerant Policies Catching on For Employers
Labor policies are changing at Colorado companies. Fewer than half of employers will fire employees for marijuana use, and fewer companies use pre-hiring drug screening.
DA Appeals School Administrators’ Dismissal
Denver District Attorney Beth McCann isn’t satisfied with a judge’s decision to throw out charges for high school administrators who were accused of failing to report a student’s allegation she’d been sexually assaulted. McCann is appealed the ruling that the administrators were immune to prosecution.
Judicial Increase Waiting for Governor’s Signature
A bill to increase the number of judges on several Colorado courts is headed to the governor’s desk.
Supreme Court Censures Laurie Booras
The Colorado Supreme Court decided not to retroactively fire a former Court of Appeals judge who had used racial epithets to describe another judge. The court did, however, opt to publicly censure her and accept her formal resignation.
Boulder Law Firm Founder Dies
George Lane Earnest, who went by G. Lane Earnest, a founding member of Caplan and Earnest, died Saturday. He was 80.
IN NATIONAL NEWS
Supreme Court justices are getting funnier, according to a recent study, but the laughter is rarely good natured. Humor is being documented more frequently in oral argument transcripts and jokes are often used as a “weapon” by the judges.
Elite Bribery Scam
Hollywood actors and executives were swept up in a nationwide college admissions bribery scam; they are all being charged with collectively paying $6 million to get their kids into elite schools.
Baker Mackenzie Closed its Books
Baker Mackenzie went to a black box compensation system for equity partners at the end of last summer, which was a shift from its previous open compensation system.
Amazon Backing off of Abusive Contracts
Amazon said it will no longer tell merchants that they cannot sell their products for lower prices on other websites after being called out for potentially violating antitrust laws.
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