Legal Lasso: DA Asks for Temporary Counsel for I-70 Truck Driver

by Tony Flesor

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LOCAL NEWS

DA Asks for Temporary Counsel for I-70 Trucker
The Jefferson County district attorney is asking a judge to appoint an attorney to step in for defense attorney Robert Corry, who now has his own legal troubles, in advising the truck driver charged with causing the deadly Interstate 70 crash in April. (Denver Post)

CBI Keeping Up With Demand for DUI Blood Tests
The state says it has so far been able to keep up with the surge in requests for DUI blood tests after a policy change over the summer.

Uber Driver Not Guilty
Uber driver Michael Hancock was found not guilty of first-degree murder in relation to the shooting death of one of his passengers. The attorney representing the victim’s family said he plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Uber. (Denver Post)

State Strikes Deal for Holding Mentally Ill Detainees
After facing several lawsuits in the past decade over the detainment of mentally ill individuals, state officials will pay homeless advocates to refurbish studio apartments to house mentally ill people while they await restoration of competency to stand trial.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Students Protest Mandatory Arbitration
A group of law students are protesting outside three of DLA Piper’s offices over its use of mandatory arbitration agreements.

Court Denies Attempts to Block Opioid Trial
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals denied two efforts to block the first federal opioid trial from starting as scheduled this month in Cleveland.

Kentucky Court Clears Former McConnell Legal Counsel for AG Ballot
A state court in Kentucky ruled that experience as a federal clerk counts toward time spent “practicing law” for determining whether a person can qualify as a candidate for state attorney general.

One More Law School Accepts GRE
The University of Akron is the latest law school to accept the GRE as an entrance exam, the first public school to join the list.

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