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10TH CIRCUIT MADE DECISION ON MUGSHOTS: The Denver-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has ruled that federal authorities may withhold mugshots of federal prisoners from the public, reports the Wall Street Journal. The ruling Wednesday puts the court in line with the Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Only the Cincinnati-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has determined that prisoners’ booking photos must be turned over under the Freedom of Information Act.
WELL THAT’S A DIFFERENT APPROACH: A citizens’ group this week offered $2.5 million to natural gas companies that hold leases to drill on public land in the Thompson Divide, in an attempted buy-out that could halt drilling and conserve the area, reports the Aspen Daily News. The group, the Thompson Divide Coalition, has spent the last three years attempting to block gas development in the area, located near Carbondale. The coalition includes local ranchers, environmentalists and community leaders, and has garnered support from three county commissions and the Aspen Skiing Co.
ENTERPRISE TAX ZONE BILL KILLED: House Republicans on Wednesday rejected legislation that would place stricter limits on tax credits that companies can claim for participating in the state’s enterprise-zone program, but delayed consideration of two other proposals from Democrats to restrict the program, reports the Denver Post. House Bill 12-1260, sponsored by Rep. Jeanne Labuda, D-Denver, died in the House Finance committee following strong opposition by business interests. Her proposal would have capped at $250,000 annually the amount of enterprise-zone tax credits a company can claim.
FIGHTING BACK AGAINST DEBT COLLECTORS: Here’s the scoop from 7News. Recent studies show that the average U.S. consumer has four credit cards and the average household carries $6,500 worth of debt. Nearly five percent of credit card holders are at least two months late on a payment. A handful of lawyers helped put together some steps to take when fighting back the debt.
GESSLER IN THE MIDDLE AGAIN: This time he’s under fire for adopting a new version of campaign finance rules, reports the Denver Post. It’s a move critics say is outside of his authority and will allow big money to dominate elections.
Secretary of State Scott Gessler said he removed burdensome regulations Wednesday by issuing revised campaign finance rulesthat are “clearer and more straightforward so that Coloradans can more easily understand the law.” The rules are being adopted on a temporary and permanent basis. The rules will become effective March 7 under the temporary adoption and then become permanently effective March 30. “By temporarily adopting the rules, Gessler seeks to provide clarity and guidance sooner during an election year,” his office said.
THE NEWS SEEN: Have you met lady lawyer extraordinaire Becky Almon? The chair of Ireland Stapleton’s environmental, energy and natural resources group stopped by the Barefoot on the Town office last week to talk business development, volunteering and shoes!
IT’S CRUNCH TIME FOR EXAM TAKERS: The February bar exam is Tuesday at the Convention Center. Wish them luck.
TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENTS from the Colorado Court of Appeals
NEXT WEEK’S PAPER IS CHOCK FULL OF NEW PARTNERS. We received press releases on more than 60 new partners at firms throughout the state. Thanks for keeping us in the loop. Look next week to see who’s who among the group.
FACULTY OF FEDERAL ADVOCATES is sponsoring a lunch with the federal court’s newest member, R. Brooke Jackson today. Check out next week’s paper for what he said about business in his courtroom.
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