Legal Lasso: Morrissey Considering Running for Denver DA

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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LOCAL NEWS

Morrissey Considering Running for Denver DA
Mitch Morrissey left his job as Denver DA when he hit the term limit in 2017. But now he’s thinking of running again as a challenger to Beth  McCann in 2020.

Former Boulder Prosecutor Says She Was Discriminated Against
A former Boulder County prosecutor is claiming she was fired as a result of sexual discrimination related to her two pregnancies.

Is Denver’s Camping Ban Unconstitutional?
An attorney at civil rights and criminal defense firm Killmer Lane & Newman is challenging the constitutionality of Denver’s camping ban on behalf of a man who was arrested for violating it.

Colorado Still Pursuing Purdue
Despite Purdue Pharma entering a major settlement in opioid litigation, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said Colorado isn’t backing down from its lawsuit against the drugmaker.

Denver Sheriff Resigns
Denver Sheriff Patrick Firman is resigning amid criticism over several recent high-profile incidents and lawsuits filed against his department, including one brought by a woman who gave birth alone in a jail cell last year.

NATIONAL NEWS

Dentons’ Big Day
Dentons continued to be the biggest law firm in the world as it announced that it acquired five more firms across Africa.

Supreme Court Says Government can Curb Asylum Applications
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration can change the rules for asylum applications — by setting a requirement that asylum seekers first apply for asylum in one of the countries they pass through — while a legal challenge to the new rule is litigated in court.

Antonio Brown Accused of Rape
New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown is accused of raping his former trainer, who is suing him in federal court.

Confirmation Hearing Set for Scalia
The Senate will hold a confirmation hearing on Sept. 19 for labor secretary nominee Eugene Scalia.

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