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427 ABA Journal Colorado articles.

As ex-judge awaits sentencing, some question whether their cases were tainted

Ryan Kamada, a former Colorado judge, has been disbarred from law practice and convicted of obstructing a federal investigation, leading some to question whether their cases were affected by the judge’s behavior.

Lawyer censured for sexual innuendos in conversations with judge and judicial assistant

A Colorado lawyer has been publicly censured for sexual innuendos in speaking with a magistrate judge and judicial assistant.

Does age and gender affect judges’ sentences? New study suggests nuanced answer

Researchers who studied nearly 3,000 sentences imposed over a 16-year period in Colorado found that judges' age and gender correlated with differences in sentence length—but only for serious crimes.

Test-takers express safety concerns, fears from in-person bar exam—including lack of masks, unclean bathrooms

Following an in-person July bar exam, some test-takers claim that public health measures were not handled properly during the administration of the test amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, one bar candidate found out that she tested positive for the novel coronavirus shortly after the exam ended.

Fennemore Craig announces merger; it’s not the time to ‘curl up in a ball,’ CEO says

Fennemore Craig will merge with California law firm Dowling Aaron, creating a law firm with 180 lawyers. Fennemore Craig CEO James Goodnow said the merger will make the combined firm “a dominant player in agriculture business and water law” in the U.S.

Excessive force case tests fleeing felon defense for cops

An excessive force lawsuit filed against police officers in Rifle, Colorado, tests the contours of the so-called fleeing felon defense.

Lawyer-juror’s outside research entitles man to new trial hearing, appeals court says

Outside research by a lawyer-juror entitles a convicted Colorado defendant to a hearing on his new trial bid, a state appeals court has ruled.

States can penalize wayward presidential electors, Supreme Court rules

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can enforce an elector's pledge to support the winner of the state popular vote in presidential elections.

Lawyer is accused of shooting driver said to be ‘inching forward’ into protesters

A Colorado lawyer is facing charges after he was accused of shooting a driver during a protest early Thursday evening.

Afternoon Briefs: Judge’s TRO restricts tear gas, projectiles; 2 lawyers return to jail

Federal judge bars chemical weapons, projectiles in peaceful protests

U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson issued a temporary restraining order Friday banning the Denver Police Department from using chemical weapons…

Man convicted by jury that included judge’s wife isn’t entitled to new trial, top state court says

The Colorado Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of a man tried by a jury that included the judge’s wife. The court said the defense lawyer for the man didn’t object to the wife sitting as a juror, which waived any challenge on appeal.

SCOTUS hears arguments on whether ‘faithless electors’ in the Electoral College can switch allegiances

In 2016, for the first time, states removed or punished electors who declined to cast their ballots for their state’s popular-vote winners in the presidential election. The cases involving such “faithless electors” have worked their way up to the high court just as the nation prepares for another presidential election.

Afternoon Briefs: Female topless ban upheld; is requiring stamp on mail-in ballot a poll tax?

Judge upholds beach town’s female topless ban

U.S. District Judge James Bredar has upheld a ban in Ocean City, Maryland, on women exposing their breasts in public. Bredar, an appointee…

Why do 80% of judgments remain uncollected?

In the 1960s and '70s, as a detective sergeant in the Houston Police Department, I had to augment my income by working extra jobs off duty.

Lawyer who used gay slur to refer to judge should get stayed suspension, opinion says

A Colorado lawyer should receive a stayed suspension for referring to a judge as a "gay, fat, f- -" in an email to two clients, according to an opinion by the judge appointed to preside in discipline matters.

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