Legal Lasso: Opioid Trial Ends Before it Begins

by Tony Flesor

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How to Wean the State Off For-Profit Prisons
A legislative committee is looking into what it would take to get the state to stop using for-profit prisons within five years. Currently, three of the Department of Corrections’ 25 facilities are for-profit.

Oil and Gas Regulations Incoming
A report that was commissioned by the Hickenlooper administration found oil and gas drilling operations in Colorado may lead to short-term health impacts such as nausea, headaches and nosebleeds, and health risks are highest near drilling sites. The findings indicate stricter permitting and more regulations might be coming soon.

Judge Says School Lawsuits Lack Grounds to Sue
A Denver judge dismissed two union lawsuits that challenged the state’s orders to two school districts requiring them to hire an outside manager. The districts were previously ordered to hire outside management companies to raise achievement in under-performing schools.

Leroy Garcia Recall Effort Falls Short
You might wonder how a ballot proposal effort could manage to only collect four signatures — the group seeking to oust Sen. Leroy Garcia didn’t turn in most of the signatures it collected out of protest and to keep their options open for next year.

On that Supreme Court Medical Marijuana Case…
The Colorado Supreme Court will decide whether judges can tell people on probation not to use medical marijuana, and a Denver DUI attorney says it’s a big topic for his clients.



Defendants Agree to Settle Opioid Case
Four corporate defendants in an opioid trial in Ohio reached a last-minute settlement agreement just hours before the trial was set to begin. The agreement only involves two Ohio counties, though, and doesn’t resolve thousands of other lawsuits across the U.S.

Indiana AG Could Lose License
The Indiana attorney general could lose his law license over allegations that he groped four women at a bar while he was drunk. A disciplinary hearing for him starts today.

Jones Day’s Woes Cross the Atlantic
Firm alumni of the London office of Jones Day report a culture of sexual harassment and repeated instances of male attorneys making advances to younger female associates.

State Supreme Court Justice Pushes Through the Pain
A Michigan supreme court justice will run a marathon despite being blind and left injured after a collision with a cyclist.

Judge Dies of Drug Overdose
An autopsy found a North Carolina judge, who had served 20 years on the bench, died of an overdose of fentanyl and heroin.

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