Categorized | Featured Stories, Legal Lasso

Legal Lasso: The Dems Have It

Editor’s Note: Stay on top of this news story and others by liking Law Week Colorado on Facebook!


DEMOCRATS WIN REDISTRICTING: The Colorado Supreme Court this morning upheld Denver District Court Judge Robert Hyatt’s decision in the redistricting case in which he relied on the Democrats’ map. The court didn’t include a written opinion, stating it would release one at a later date. In the newly-approved map, the City of Aurora is no longer divided into more than one district. The plan also changes the outlines of Colorado’s seven Congressional districts. Most affected is the Sixth Congressional District, where Republican-incumbent Rep. Mike Coffman goes from having a solid majority GOP constituency to a split among Democrats, Republicans and independents.

COLORADO NEEDS TO PLAY NICE, at least when it comes to water projects, said local water experts at the Colorado Ag Water Summit last week. The state’s water court process and environmental review of projects eat up money that would be better spent on mitigation or finding more creative solutions, the experts urged. In this week’s paper, Law Week looked at the lasting effects of water law cases from the Colorado Supreme Court that were handed down in 2002 and 2003, finding many are struggling to navigate the rules.

BOND LOWERED for former Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan. After a hearing this morning focused on Sullivan’s long history of public service and heroic acts, 18th Judicial District Chief Judge William Sylvester lowered Sullivan’s bond to $50,000; it had originally been $250,000 and then had been raised to $500,000. A preliminary hearing on the charges is set for Jan. 31.

KNOW ANY ATTORNEYS WHO DOUBLE AS HEROES? Law Week is looking for Colorado attorneys who are also in military service. Contact us for more information.

GESSLER A GOOD GUY: An op-ed in Sunday’s Denver Post stands up for the good guy inside Secretary of State Scott Gessler, citing his track record of “defending principles that should matter to us all.”

BUTTERBALL PLANT IN LIMBO: The City of Longmont debating over what to do with the Butterball plant that is slated to close at year’s end. The move presents an ideal redevelopment project say city employees, but the future of the slaughterhouse is yet undetermined.


TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENTS from the Colorado Supreme Court.

COLORADO COURT OF APPEALS’ oral argument schedule.


IT’S A NEW LANDSCAPE: Denver’s legal landscape has changed a lot in the last year, next week’s paper will take a look at some of the new players in town, including Texas-based oil and gas firm Burleson.


HE SAID IT: “I thought that Judge Hyatt made it pretty clear it was a pretty difficult thing to do…There are many, many competing communities of interest,” said Chief Judge of the Colorado Supreme Court Michael Bender in last week’s oral arguments in the redistricting case.

Send tips for this column to