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Appeals Court Re-Examines Use Of In-Life Photos

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO In a recent review of a reckless manslaughter conviction, the Colorado Court of Appeals rejected a district court’s admission of in-life photographs depicting the victim, saying that the photos, as presented by the prosecution, cast an unfair prejudice against the defendant. The judgment brings to light, once again, a common […]

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Networking Imperative For Solos

By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO Successful solo lawyers are something of a paradox. They tend to have an independent streak that allows them to fully enjoy the benefits and flexibility of solo practice, yet they depend on robust connections with other professionals in order to maintain a flow of incoming business. However one feels about […]

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February Court Opinions

Compiled by Law Week Colorado news staff Editor’s note: Summaries are pulled directly from court opinions and edited for clarity and space. COLORADO SUPREME COURT Feb. 9 opinions: S K Peightal Engineers v. Mid Valley Real Estate Solutions The court considered two issues: Whether entities not existing at the time the relevant contracts were completed […]

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SCOTUS To Decide On Judicial Campaigning

By Hannah Garcia, LAW WEEK COLORADO The Roberts court’s devotion to free speech protections is no secret, particularly in the arena of campaign finance. But in oral arguments last week, the U.S. Supreme Court justices had questions about the balance of judicial integrity and a judge’s First Amendment rights. The case, Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, […]

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Resolution Reached In 3rd DA’s Regulation Case

By Tony Flesor, LAW WEEK COLORADO The long-running story surrounding 3rd Judicial District Attorney Frank Ruybalid came to a close last week. The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel announced Wednesday in a press release that Colorado’s presiding disciplinary judge approved a six-month suspension of Ruybalid’s law license as part of an agreement between him and the […]

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January Decisions From The Colorado Court Of Appeals And Colorado Supreme Court

Compiled by Hannah Garcia and Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO Editor’s note: Summaries are pulled directly from court opinions and edited for clarity. For a comprehensive list of decisions from this month, visit www.lawweekonline.com. COLORADO COURT OF APPEALS Jan. 15 opinions People v. McClelland On Aug. 9, 2009, McClelland intervened in a physical confrontation between his father […]

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Property Owners Split $1.26M Settlement

By Tony Flesor, LAW WEEK COLORADO A recent Teller County District Court trial was stopped after one week so the parties could settle. The decision to settle might have been precipitated by a judge’s ruling that allowed the plaintiffs to pursue punitive claims and a ruling that prevented the defense from making a key argument to […]

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SCOTUS Puts Marriage On The Docket

By Hannah Garcia, LAW WEEK COLORADO Months after rejecting requests to consider the constitutional implications of same-sex marriage, the nation’s highest court agreed on Jan. 16 to review cases that could settle the question once and for all. But within case law, nothing is ever so certain. “I think what’s really interesting and complicated about this […]

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