The Colorado legal community and justice system has lost one of its pioneers in diversity. U.S. Senior District Judge Wiley Daniel died Friday afternoon from a heart attack. Judge Daniel was the first African-American appointed to Colorado’s U.S. District Court, and he continued to promote the advancement of diverse attorneys in the decades since. He was 72.
IN LOCAL NEWS
Rep. From Greeley Resigns
Democratic state Rep. Rochelle Galindo resigned from her office yesterday citing allegations against her, the nature of which are unclear so far. Galindo was already facing a recall campaign for her support for sweeping oil-and-gas amendments she supported during the session.
Colorado Joins Price-Fixing Suit Against Big Pharma
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser is joining 43 other state AGs in a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 other drug companies. The plaintiff group claims that the companies colluded to drive up prices for generic drugs that treat various infections and diseases.
Weld County DA Targeted by Murder Plot, Court Documents Say
An alleged white supremacist gang member is accused of planning to kill Weld District Attorney Michael Rourke, according to court documents newly made public. Billie Allen, who is currently being held Weld County Jail, was already facing numerous felony weapons and drug charges when he allegedly planned in December to murder Rourke.
State Supreme Court Mulling Arguments From Online Free Speech Case
The Supreme Court will be deciding whether to uphold the conviction of a juvenile who tweeted out threatening statements in the wake of a school shooting. The court heard oral arguments in the case, People v. R.D., on Tuesday at Westminster High School.
Can Colorado Really Become a Zero-Emission Vehicle State?
In the months following Gov. Jared Polis’ executive order to make Colorado a zero-emission vehicle state, industry stakeholders have shown resistance, and the state might face a winding road toward that goal besides.
IN NATIONAL NEWS
Apple Loses at Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Apple in an antitrust case decided today. In a 5-4 majority, the court decided that a class of iPhone users can move forward with their case against the company over its App Store prices.
Harvard Law Cuts Ties With Lawyer Defending Weinstein
Citing “serious” concerns among students, Harvard Law School declined to renew the positions of attorney Ronald Sullivan and his wife at the school. Sullivan is representing Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in his rape trial.
Almost Five Years Later, Officer on Trial for Eric Garner’s Death
Officer Daniel Pantaleo faces a departmental trial beginning today for using a chokehold on Eric Garner, who died in police custody in 2014, to determine whether his actions violated the New York Police Department’s policies. The trial is open to the public, but proceedings are much more secretive than a criminal or civil trial.
SF Police Raid Journalist’s Home After Leak
A journalist refused to name the source of a leaked police investigation that involved the death of a public defender. San Francisco police have raided his home and seized his computer, phone and other devices.
Felicity Huffman to Plead Guilty Today
Today actress Felicity Huffman is scheduled to plead guilty in the college admissions bribery case that ensnared several high-profile figures. Huffman, known for her role on TV’s Desperate Housewives, is accused of paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT score. Prosecutors are seeking a 10-month prison sentence for her.
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