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METRO INDUSTRIAL AREAS FOUNDATION rips Obama’s mortgage panel, on which Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh sits, saying in the New York Daily News, “Obama’s mortgage unit is AWOL.”

DIRECT FILE DECISION: Gov. John Hickenlooper has until next Monday to sign or veto controversial legislation that would strip Colorado district attorneys of their ability to unilaterally decide whether to charge juvenile offenders as adults, Fox31′s Eli Stokols writes. Hickenlooper’s spokesman, Eric Brown, told FOX31 Denver Tuesday that the governor is still considering the bill and may not take action on it until the end of this week or even next Monday.

JURY FOREWOMAN IN SPRINGS EXPLOITATION/MOLESTATION CASE talks about a partial verdict against Joshua Carrier. Identified in this tape only as Julia, she also calls it “the most emotional six weeks I have ever had.”

ONE JUROR, when polled, reversed course on one count. “I have never seen that in my career,” District Attorney Dan May said. When count 8 was read in court, the foreperson said guilty. Then the defense team asked the judge to poll the jury. That is when each juror is asked, one-by-one, if they vote guilty or not guilty. At that time, one woman on the jury changed her verdict to not guilty.

COMING SOONER: Law school job-placement data.

LET THE COURTS DECIDE: Should ballots be public?

NEW ASSOCIATE AT GRUND DAGNER: Kelly Cowan.

IT’S BUDGET BILL DAY IN THE COLORADO SENATE: Let’s hope the controlling party there can manage the debate more expeditiously than the opposing chamber did.

U.S. HIGH COURT seems split on cutting jail time for crack-cocaine convicts.

88,000 COLORADO CHILDREN affected by foreclosures.

IN COURT: The admitted mastermind of a foiled plot to bomb New York subways testified Tuesday that he wanted to wage jihad in Afghanistan after coming to believe that the U.S. government was behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Najibullah Zazi told a federal jury that he and two friends made an oath about five years ago to leave their Queens neighborhood and “fight alongside the Taliban” after listening to the recorded sermons of radical Muslim clerics.

NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION honors late Denver restaurateur Noel Cunningham.

COMMUNITY LEGAL EVENTS CALENDAR is here.

WEEK’S FEDERAL COURT CALENDARS available here.

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