Legal Lasso: Senate Votes to Overturn National Emergency

by Tony Flesor

IN LOCAL NEWS

Supreme Court Committee Reconsiders Record Sealing
As a send-off to “Sunshine Week,” a Colorado Supreme Court committee will meet behind closed doors today to decide whether to make changes to court rules that have allowed thousands of criminal and civil cases to be sealed from the public.

Food Truck Builders Hit for Fraud
A pair of food truck builders were ordered to pay a combined $4.5 million over fraud allegations. The defendants under-delivered or never delivered on custom food trucks they agreed to fabricate, a Denver District Court judge determined.

Denver Post Backs Away from Cory Gardner
The Denver Post editorial board walked back a 2014 endorsement of Sen. Cory Gardner for his decision not to join the group of Republicans who opposed President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to secure funds for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. “Gardner has been too busy walking a political tight rope to be a leader,” the op-ed reads.

Oil and Gas Bill Protests
Demonstrations are planned today in Greeley and Grand Junction to protest the oil and gas bill. Reps from the Colorado Petroleum Council and Colorado Oil and Gas Association are expected to join oil and gas workers at the rallies.

CU Hosts Women of Color Panel
Denver mayoral candidate Lisa Calderón, Denver City Council candidate Candi CdeBaca, and abolitionist Elisabeth Epps, joined a panel at the University of Colorado to speak about their struggles and what they’ve learned as women of color breaking down barriers.

IN NATIONAL NEWS

Senate Votes to Overturn National Emergency Declaration
On the aforementioned border wall vote, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to overturn Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. The president is now set up to make his first veto.

Gunmaker Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed
The Connecticut Supreme Court removed roadblocks for a lawsuit that could hold gunmakers liable for the Sandy Hook massacre.

Mormon Prophet Lawsuit
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is bringing back part of a lawsuit brought by former members of the Mormon church who claim a law firm conspired with the “prophet” Warren Jeffs to enforce underage marriages along with other methods of tightening controls on the church’s members.

RBG Poster Defaced With Swastika
The NYPD is investigating anti-semitic graffiti painted over a poster of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a hate crime.

…. Well, This is Less Fun Now
And it’s also RBG’s birthday today. The occasion is being celebrated with a planking party on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court and a renewed effort to put her name on a municipal building in Brooklyn.

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