Legal Lasso: Shooting Suspect to Appear in Court Wednesday

by Julia Cardi

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IN LOCAL NEWS

Shooting Suspect Due in Court
The adult suspect in a shooting Tuesday at a STEM school that injured eight students and killed one is due in court later today. The two shooting suspects include one male and one female. The school is reportedly closed for at least the rest of the week while the investigation continues.

Ivanka Trump Cancels Colorado Stop
Ivanka Trump has canceled a planned visit to a Lockheed Martin space facility in Littleton following Tuesday’s shooting at a STEM school. A White House official said in a statement resources and attention shouldn’t be diverted from the situation. 

Detention Facility Escape Prompts Internal Review and Changes
State officials have said they expect to make process and protocol changes after two teenagers escaped from a Golden detention facility. But so far, details on the changes are scarce.

Denver Police Devotes New Unit to Hate Crimes
The Denver Police Department has created a new investigative unit devoted exclusively to bias-motivated crimes. The new unit follows a slight increase in crimes in Denver targeting people based on things such as race, sexual orientation or disabilities.

New Delay in Trial for Shooting of Police Officer
The trial for a man accused of shooting a Colorado Springs police officer has been postponed after a judge granted a second round of psychological testing for the suspect. In April, a mental health institute in Pueblo concluded he is competent to stand trial.

IN NATIONAL NEWS
Trump Asserts Executive Privilege
In order to prevent Robert Mueller’s full, unredacted report from release to Congress, President Donald Trump has claimed executive privilege. It’s the first time Trump has used that power during his presidency.

Ninth Circuit Sides with Trump Administration
A panel of the Ninth Circuit has ruled the Trump Administration can keep requiring asylum seekers to remain in Mexico as they wait for their legal proceedings in the U.S. The decision overturns a lower-court decision that put an injunction on the policy.

Something Seems Fishy Here
In a new federal lawsuit, a commercial fisherman has sued Duane Morris and a former partner claiming he was cut out of a seafood export business. The lawsuit claims Gerard Wetle spent significant resources starting the business before he was excluded.

Barr’s Conduct a Red Herring?
A new essay argues it’s actually Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin who is violating federal law currently, rather than Attorney General William Barr, in his refusal to release President Donald Trump’s tax documents to Congress. The essay claims a law governing the release of tax returns to Congressional committees is unambiguous.

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