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Legal Lasso: Dishonest Rule Shot Down; Gessler Moving Ahead

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REJECTING ‘DISHONESTY’ RULE: Standing Committee on Rules of Professional Conduct. After a lengthy back-and-forth last week, the committee  rejected a proposed rule change that would have allowed lawyers to advise on covert investigations that involve deception. Law enforcement entities had requested the change to protect its lawyers who offer advice during the course of undercover-style operations. Rule 8.4(c) states that it is attorney misconduct for a lawyer to “engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.”

GETTING THE OKAY FROM HOMELAND SECURITY: Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler.

CREATING A DENVER FOOTPRINT: Northern Colorado law firm Otis Coan & Peters.

HARD AT WORK FOR (ANOTHER) BRONCO: Harvey Steinberg.

GOOD NEWS: Despite recent high-profile cases involving people killed by alleged drunken drivers, DUI numbers have declined statewide the past three years, according to court records.

REJECTING ARGUMENT: Ninth Circuit rejects Mini-Wheats settlement over attorney fees, cy pres award.

IN THE NEWS FOR OTHER REASONS: Under pressure from Senate Republicans, the Ninth Circuit canceled its yearly conference in Maui, Hawaii.

GOOD NEWS FOR BUSINESS: United Launch Alliance lands a $412 million NASA contract.

BAD NEWS FOR BUSINESS: Military, space cuts could cost 17,000 jobs.

SIGNING A LEAD TENANT: One Union Station, which will be the new home of development company Antero’s offices.

CLOSING ITS DOORS: Pagliacci’s.

RARE DISCHARGE OF STUDENT DEBT, but it’s a rare case.

ETHICS OPINION QUESTION CHALLENGE? It’s necessary according to the guys at 3 Geeks and a Law Blog.

MOVING INTO SOUTH KOREA: Western law firms.

INTERESTING ADVERTISING CONCEPT: This German firm used stilettos, a chainsaw and fake blood to woo clients.

SAVE THE MONEY? Rep. Scott asks governor to wait in appointing new public trustees.

AND ON THAT FRONT, embattled trustees submit requested reports to Hickenlooper.

GOES DEEP ON HICKENLOOPER: CNN.

GOVERNOR OR COLLEGE PROFESSOR? You tell me.

MORE OF THE SAME in latest fundraising reports.

TWO WEEKS AFTER THEY ENDED THEIR ANNUAL SESSION, several Colorado legislators took up a new fad – creating political action committees, Joe Hanel of The Durango Herald reports. About a dozen PACs were registered by or for legislators this spring, almost all of them by Republicans. Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, was among them. She registered a group called Western Republican Values on May 25.

HICK TELLS DETROIT that he won’t buy its nat-gas cars if it doesn’t make them.

TODAY’S 10TH CIRCUIT DECISIONS

YESTERDAY’S ANNOUNCEMENTS from the Colorado Supreme Court.

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