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Legal Lasso: Judge Kane Tells Denver To Hand It Over Or Pay Up

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By Law Week Colorado Staff

DENVER COULD FACE $5,000-A-DAY FINES if city officials don’t hand over police excessive-force documents that are subject of a lawsuit. Senior U.S. District Court Judge John Kane, who asked for the documents in July, was unmoved by statements from city officials claiming that most of the documents had to be pulled and copied by hand. The city attorney’s office said in a court filing last month that sorting through the reports would cost the city $85,000.

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HE SAID IT: “These are hours that cannot be devoted to other critical matters, including public safety issues, at a time when the city’s resources are limited.”–Denver City Attorney Doug Friednash, in response to a federal judge’s threat to fine the city $5,000 a day for not producing police excessive-force documents that are subject of a lawsuit..

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