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EXONERATION AFTER 18 YEARS: A Mesa County Judge yesterday exonerated Robert Dewey after 18 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit, reports The Denver Post. Dewey’s post-conviction attorney, Danyel Joffe, credited Mesa County prosecutor Rich Tuttle, the attorney general’s office and law enforcement for re-investigating her client’s case after all these years.Dewey, 51, now faces the challenge of finding work with a prison record and fixing a back problem that worsened in prison. Then, he joked, there’s the matter of texting, cell phones and computers.

SENTENCED THEY WERE: Three Florida siblings accused in a multistate crime spree that involved a daring bank robbery in Georgia were given prison time Monday on charges in Colorado, where they were captured after a nationwide manhunt. Ryan Dougherty was given 18 years, Lee Grace Dougherty received 24 years and Dylan Stanley-Dougherty got 32 years — the maximum he faced— at separate hearings. Prosecutors say Stanley-Dougherty was the one who fired at officers pursuing the siblings before their Aug. 10 capture.

A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS: A team of lawyers from the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation spent $577,000 during the two-year, high-profile ethics investigation of a former county attorney in Arizona, a spokesman for that state’s bar association said Monday. That doesn’t include billable hours, which included a team of attorneys from the office. Rick DeBruhl said the Arizona State Bar routinely seeks expenses from attorneys who have been found to have violated the rules of professional conduct. The scope of this case, however, was far from routine. DeBruhl said the previous high amount recovered by the bar in an ethics case was $31,000.

IN SAME CASE, COURT DENIES ACCESS TO FILES: Records surrounding the appointment of the state’s top regulation counsel to investigate an Arizona ethics case aren’t subject to public review, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled last week. Appeals Judge Steve Bernard, writing the unanimous decision, said the court denied a request for those records because the Colorado Open Records Act exempts judicial branch records from public inspection, and the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation is an arm of that branch.

GEARING UP FOR A FIGHT: A Brighton-based technology company is suing Apple and makers of other smart phones claiming the manufacturers had infringed on the Colorado company’s patent covering a voice-commanded computer functions. Potter Voice Technologies filed their suit last week in the U.S. District Court in Denver against 15 companies.

REGISTER FOR CLI’S CONFERENCE TODAY: CLI’s 6th Annual Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit is less than a week away – but there is still time to register for the conference on Monday, May 7 and CLI’s one-day Inclusiveness Institute on Tuesday, May 8. Attend one or both events.  Ethics/General CLE credits: Summit 7; Institute 6.

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WORKING TO CLEAN UP TRINIDAD CEMETERY:John Suthers.

CLOCK TICKING on civil unions.

FIRE VICTIMS ASK LAWMAKERS TO STEP UP

ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE: Senate Bill 163, which would change drug sentencing guidelines.

SMART MONEY CONTINUES TO BET that Hickenlooper vetos tourism-expansion bill.

NO GO ON DEWEY-GREENBERG MERGER: But now there are a few other firms being named, albeit as bankruptcy for the troubled New York-based firm looms.

WELL THAT HURTS: Rents at metro Denver apartments jumped 4.5 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier, the biggest year-over-year increase in a decade, according to a report Tuesday from the Apartment Association of Metro Denver

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GROWING BY ONE: Kilpatrick Townsend’s Denver office

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