Legal Lasso: Denver Approves Settlement in County Jail Lawsuit

by Tony Flesor

Law Week released its latest Hearsay podcast episode last week. In this month’s episode, we again look into the question of what makes for an effective criminal justice system and why prosecutors and public defenders can’t seem to see eye to eye.

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Denver City Council Approves Settlement
The Denver City Council meeting included some big moves last night: The body voted to oust its director and also approved a $1.55 million settlement in a lawsuit brought by 15 women who claimed they faced a “hostile work environment” at the county jail.

Doctor Seeks Clarification in Aid-in-Dying Laws
A doctor in Golden was fired after she and her patient sued Centura Health over Colorado’s medical aid-in-dying laws. The lawsuit seeks clarification over whether the End of Life Options Act allows healthcare providers to prevent their employees from participating in end-of-life decisions.

Supreme Court Overturns Campaign Finance Ruling
The Colorado Supreme Court overturned an appeals court decision on a campaign finance complaint filed against the Alliance for a Safe and Independent Woodmen Hills.

Weiser Seeks Answers on Police Biases
Attorney General Phil Weiser is launching a series of statewide conversations to find out whether police need more training to handle racial bias in wake of a lethal shooting of a black teenager.

How Colorado’s Red Flag Bill Informed a Federal Proposal
There’s a Colorado connection in a federal red flag bill. David Kopel, research director for Denver’s Independence Institute, a libertarian think tank, worked on the subject with Sens. Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal.



NCAA Votes to Remove Amateur Status from College Athletes
California’s general assembly gave preliminary approval to a bill that would undo the amateur status for NCAA athletes, allowing them to make money from their name, image and likeness.

Reward Offered in ‘Making a Murderer’ Case
The attorney representing Steven Avery of “Making a Murderer” fame is offering a $100,000 reward for the discovery of the real killer behind Teresa Halbach’s death.

Purdue Pharma Owners Offer up Personal Wealth in Settlement
The Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma, has agreed to give up “the entire value” of the privately owned firm to settle claims that Purdue played a central role in the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic.

Pharmaceutical Trade Secrets Litigation Getting More Expensive
A new survey shows that trade secrets and pharmaceutical cases have gotten more expensive over the past four years, even as the price of overall patent litigation has plummeted.

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