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Legal Lasso: High Court to Hear Congressional Redistricting Arguments

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ORAL ARGUMENTS IN CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING case will be heard tomorrow by the Colorado Supreme Court, in the Old Supreme Court Courtroom in downtown Denver. On Tuesday, the Colorado Reapportionment Commission approved Democratic-drawn maps, setting off harsh words among Republicans, the Denver Post reports. The state’s high court will decide whether to send the maps back to the commission to start over again. Changes to the maps could shift the Colorado House majority from 33-32 Republicans back to the Democrats.

SPOTTED AT THE BAR THIS MORNING (that is, the Colorado Bar Association): Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh, who was on a panel on money laundering and ethics for transactional attorneys. Look for an article on the talk in next week’s print edition of Law Week.

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ASSOCIATE WATCH: Leslie E. Miller joins Ford & Harrison.

GOOD FOR YOU: Kara Veitch given Gary L. McPherson Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year from Colorado Bar Association.

GOOD FOR YOU: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck shareholder Katie DeBord appointed to the board of Families First Colorado.

DEMOCRAT WILL HOST FUNDRAISER FOR REPUBLICAN candidate for Jefferson County DA candidate Pete Weir, former head of the Colorado Department of Public Safety under Gov. Bill Ritter.

HELD IN DETENTION FACILITY NAMED AFTER HIM: Ex-Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan, who was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of trying to trade meth for sexual favors.

GREELEY JURY HEARS WILDLY DIFFERENT PORTRAYALS of gang in an organized gang trial now underway in Weld County District Court.

HE SAID IT: “”They were caught flat-footed, and they had nothing else other than to blame other people for their own lack of coordination.” –Colorado Reapportionment Commission chairman Mario Carrera, speaking on Republican backlash to his Tuesday vote approving congressional redistricting maps drawn by Democrats.

HE SAID IT: “He just oozed honesty and integrity. He was an outstanding sheriff.” –Former Arapahoe County DA Jim Peters, in reaction to the arrest of former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan.