Legal Lasso: Assisted Suicide Challenge Returns to State Court

by Tony Flesor

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LOCAL NEWS

Assisted Suicide Law Returns to State Court
A case over Colorado’s assisted suicide law is heading back to state court. After a trip to federal court, a judge said it didn’t meet the criteria to be heard in that venue.

Utility’s Change of Plans Could Get Colorado Off Coal Sooner
A Colorado coal power plant could shut down sooner than expected with a utility turning toward renewable sources instead.

Supervised Injection Sites Still a Hot Topic
A proponent for a plan to put a supervised injection site in Colorado is continuing the fight with the help of Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

Bus Drivers Call in Sick
DPS bus drivers staged a “sick out” in response to a widely publicized fight between a bus driver and a parent who tried to board a bus. Earlier this week, the Denver district attorney said there would be no charges for the parent or the drivers involved.

BLM Hiring
The Bureau of Land Management is staffing up for its move to Grand Junction. Of 27 positions set to move to Colorado, the bureau is currently looking to fill 10 of them.

NATIONAL NEWS

SCOTUS to Hear Abortion Case
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a Louisiana abortion case that looks a lot like a similar one that came out of Texas three years ago.

Supreme Court Prepares to Hear Criminal Cases
And the court will start its session next week with two criminal cases — one questioning whether a state can abolish the insanity defense and another questioning the guarantee of a unanimous jury verdict.

Workplace Cases at the Supreme Court
And also this term, the court will hear cases questioning LGBT rights in the workplace, age discrimination and other civil rights laws.

BigLaw Partner Sentenced in Admissions Scandal
Gordon Caplan, the former co-chair of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, was sentenced to one month in prison for his involvement in the college admissions cheating scandal.

Appellate Petitions Challenge Opioid Trial Results
Several petitions to a federal appellate court questioning Judge Dan Polster’s handling of the Oklahoma opioid trial could unravel opioid litigation across the country.

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