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Legal Lasso: It’s A Judicial Sweep Of Wednesday’s News

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IT’S BEEN A BIG WEEK FOR BOATRIGHT: Monday saw the first batch of Colorado Supreme Court rulings in which newly appointed Justice Brian Boatright participated. And yesterday, the new justice, who was technically sworn-in Nov. 21, had a formal investiture in the Old Supreme Court Chambers. Yesterday’s event was a who’s who in Colorado’s legal scene, with the chamber filled to capacity to welcome the new justice. In case you’re curious: Boatright was in the majority in all five of Monday’s decisions, all but one of which was unanimous.

IN OTHER JUDICIAL NEWS: Jason Carrithers, who is currently an attorney with Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, was named as a new Jefferson County magistrate yesterday. His successor at the Children’s Law Center is Betsy Fordyce, one of Law Week Colorado’s Up & Coming Lawyers of 2012.

ALSO NEW TO THE BENCH: James Michael Wittler was named as the replacement for Sedgwick County judge Max Carlson, who is retiring. Wittler, of Julesburg, currently practices law with Vandermoer & Carlson, where he focuses on property, real estate, estate planning, probate, contracts, family law and employment law.

LASTLY IN JUDICIAL NEWS: The Colorado Judicial Branch is enlisting the help of middle school students throughout the state to help develop the language to etch into a piece of public art that will accompany the monumental staircase of the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center when it opens in spring 2013.

HE’S BAAAAAACK: Scoop Daniel was booked into Summit County jail yesterday, after being apprehended when he attempted to re-enter the U.S. from Mexico where he had been working as a web content writer. Daniel faces multiple felony charges from 2007 when he allegedly absconded with more than $500,000 in client funds.

FALLOUT FROM REAPPORTIONMENT? Denver Post’s blog, The Spot, breaks down the major players in the recent reapportionment battles giving credit to some and bad news to others.

ROD BLAGOJEVICH COMING SOON TO A JAIL NEAR YOU? The former governor of Illinois, who was recently handed a 14-year sentence for federal corruption charges, has requested that he be able to serve his time in a low security federal prison in Littleton, Colo. He must wait for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to give the okay before it can happen.

DOUGLAS BRUCE’S WOES CONTINUE: Monday was a difficult day for Doug Bruce who has been charged with tax evasion, filing a false tax return, failing to file two tax returns, and attempting to influence a public official. Bruce was yelled at by the judge and then faced a Dept. of Revenue witness who accused Bruce of hiding money to avoid paying taxes.  If convicted of all charges, he could serve as much as 12 and a half years in prison and be fined more than $700,000.

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A FEW CLUES ABOUT LAW WEEK’S PICKS FOR LAWYER OF THE YEAR: One of them received big news from Denver District Court this week, a group of them have repeatedly done all of us a service, and two of them are helping simplify the complex civil process. Check out the paper on Monday to find out who’s who among Law Week’s 2011 Lawyers of the Year.

JUDGE APPOINTMENTS from the Colorado Judicial Department.

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