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Legal Lasso: Busy Week For Colorado Supreme Court

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BUSY THURSDAY FOR SUPREME COURT: The Colorado Supreme Court scheduled quite an interesting and varied docket of cases for oral arguments on Thursday. Among those cases scheduled to be heard are two cases involving the rights and interests of children, as well as the appeal of former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, who is asking the court to review lower court rulings against him.

HICK EXPECTED TO SIGN TWO BILLS TODAY that will provide victims of the state-caused Lower North Fork fire ways to seek more compensation. The first bill, House Bill 12-1352, will create a commission made up of lawmakers to investigate the Lower North Fork Fire. The second bill, House Bill 12-1361, retroactively adds state-set wildfires to the list of state immunity exemptions. The change will give victims of the Lower North Fork Fire the chance to seek state compensation beyond a $600,000 liability cap.

TWO CHARGED IN FAKE ATTORNEY CASE: Robert Black is accused of appearing in a Denver county court and falsely claiming to be a lawyer representing Brandon Vance, who was in court on assault and disturbing the peace charges, said DA spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR GOV. TO SIGN OR VETO BILLS: In the weeks since the Colorado legislative session ended, calls for Gov. John Hickenlooper to veto House Bill 1036 have come from the political left, right and center, from government watchdog organizations, citizen rights and tax reform activists and from representatives of the sovereign Ute Mountain Ute tribe in southwest Colorado.Whatever happens by next Friday, when the deadline to sign the bill arrives, wrangling over its contents and legitimacy will continue indefinitely.

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ASKING THE HARD QUESTIONS, those looking at the Denver police independent monitor.

FIRST EVER JUNE PRIMARY won’t be as heated as the primaries in the last election cycle, reports The Denver Post.

TWO LARGE OIL COMPANIES say things are looking good in the Niorbrara (subscription required).

THIS SOUNDS INTERESTING: Wal-Mart shareholders meeting, featuring Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion and the company’s board chairman and chief executive both addressing allegations that the retailer engaged in widespread bribery in Mexico.

WORTH A GANDER: This Law.com look at Law School Innovators.

DOING HIS JOB WELL: U.S. attorney John Walsh, led an indictment against twenty-two people on drug and money laundering charges following a more than year-long investigation by federal and local authorities in Denver.

THIS HEADLINE SAYS IT ALL: “Mental Health Probation For Butt-rubbing Clyfford Still Painting.

AN INTERESTING LITTLE AUCTION UP AT CU, though no bidders yet for the Walseth Basketball Court. Think about it, for just $5,000, you could have a basketball court in your office!

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