Legal Lasso: We’re #10

by Doug Chartier

It’s not always the economy, stupid. The U.S. News and World Report placed Colorado as the having the best economy for the third consecutive year, yet it’s the 10th best state to live in, according to the publication’s annual rankings released Tuesday. Dragging the Centennial State down a bit in the overall rankings were its finishes in fiscal stability (29th), crime and corrections (29th) and natural environment (31st).

IN LOCAL NEWS

Charges Expected for STEM Shooting Suspects

The two teens who allegedly carried out last week’s deadly shooting at STEM School at Highlands Ranch will return to court today for formal filing of charges. District Attorney George Brauchler is expected to reveal whether he will charge the 16-year-old as an adult.

Prosecutors Seek Appeal of Order in Lake Christine Fire Case 

Prosecutors might appeal an Eagle County District Court judge’s decision to suppress evidence in the Lake Christine Fire case. In their arson case, prosecutors sought to use sign at the Basalt Rifle Range that prohibited the use of incendiary tracer rounds.

Broadmoor Development to Proceed

After the City of Colorado Springs approved Broadmoor’s exhibition hall development, the project faced calls to appeal the decision. But the city council declined to take up the matter, clearing the way for the 93,000 square foot addition to proceed.

Report: CO’s Health Expensive Due to Lack of Competition

As Gov. Jared Polis signs bills aimed at lowering health care costs for Coloradans, more data has emerged as to why some residents pay more for care and insurance. In counties where there’s less choice, premiums are higher, according to a new study.

 

IN NATIONAL NEWS

Alabama Legislature Approves Abortion Ban

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is expected to sign a bill that would essentially outlaw abortion in all instances except when the mother’s life is endangered.

Trump Jr. Agrees to Testify Again Before Senate Committee

Ending a subpoena standoff, Donald Trump Jr. has agreed to a “limited” interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee in the coming weeks. The committee will get to question him for less time and over fewer topics than it originally requested, but Trump’s June 2016 Trump Tower meeting will not be off limits.

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Tech By Law Enforcement

San Francisco is the first U.S. city to prohibit the use of facial recognition technology by police and city agencies. While governments have used the technology for years to find missing children and prevent driver’s license fraud, its use has spawned concerns over civil liberties.

Which Law Firms Lost the Most Attorneys in 2018?

A new report has revealed which U.S. law firms had the most lateral losses last year. Lathrop Gage is on the list, although the firm is apparently still in “growth mode.”

Study: 1 in 3 Women at Law Firms Experience Sexual Harassment

The International Bar Association released a study showing a third of women working in law firms experience sexual harassment, and half of them experience bullying (compared to 1 in 3 men at law firms).

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