Bob Ewegen

EWEGEN: MIKE STRANG'S LEGACY IS A LONG ONE

R.I.P. for a 'little country boy from Princeton'

The Colorado Statesman

Former State and U.S. Rep. Mike Strang — a “little country boy from Princeton” who helped transform Coloradans’ attitudes toward their land and legacy — died Sunday at his home in Carbondale at the age of 84.

Strang, a Republican, introduced an unsuccessful bill in the Colorado legislature in the 1970s to legalize marijuana, according to the Associated Press. Four decades later, Colorado voters caught up with him by becoming, along with Washington state, one of just two states legalizing recreational use of the drug.

EWEGEN: A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE IN OUR CONSTITUTIONS

Nobody celebrates “The Miracle of Moscow”

The Colorado Statesman

Americans who observed Constitution Day on Sept. 17 may have stopped to contemplate “the Miracle of Philadelphia” — the convention that produced the world’s oldest continuous blueprint for ordered liberty known as the U.S. Constitution.

Sandra Day O’Connor is history in the flesh

Special to The Colorado Statesman

BOULDER – When it comes to living history lessons, sometimes what you do is more important than what you say. Thus it was on Sept. 17, Constitution Day, when almost a thousand students and visitors, including many members of the Colorado legal community, gathered at the University Memorial Center in Boulder to hear former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor as part of the third annual John Paul Stevens Lecture hosted by the CU law school.

Judicial Center embodies Ralph Carr’s ideals

Special to The Colorado Statesman

A constellation of Colorado’s legal and political stars gathered Thursday to dedicate a $258 million monument to justice named after a former governor who sacrificed his political career rather than betray the rule of law.

Supreme ‘Rock Star’ connects with Colorado youths

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Justice isn’t always blind — sometimes, it’s kind.

That was the message projected Thursday by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic ever named to the nation’s highest court and only the third woman to serve on the tribunal.

Civility marks this hot-button race for DA

Special to The Colorado Statesman

The cataract of special interest money released by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United, decision has subjected Americans to a staggering assault of negative advertising and character assassination. But candidates for District Attorney in the 18th Judicial District offered an island of civility in this river of vilification on Sept. 26 when they faced off at the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce.

Passion for justice still drives Martinez

Special to The Colorado Statesman

It’s a fine and righteous thing to honor past heroes of conscience such as former Gov. Ralph L. Carr, whose name will adorn Colorado’s new state judicial complex. But Denver Manager of Safety Alex Martinez believes it’s even more important to look into the future and ask what our grandchildren will think about the stands we are now taking on today’s burning issues of conscience — at a time when their moral dimensions may not be quite as clear.

Colorado’s judicial Gold Standard for selecting judges focuses on merit and accountability

Special to The Colorado Statesman

For ninety years after it achieved statehood in 1876, Colorado elected its judges in partisan elections. As a result, mining and other business interests had so much clout in the courtroom on high profile cases that historian Page Smith lumped the judiciary in with the corrupt executive and legislative branches in labeling Colorado’s state government “a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rockefellers and Guggenheims.”

‘All men would be tyrants if they could’

Special to The Colorado Statesman

It’s not every day that the usually courtly Justice Greg Hobbs provokes his learned colleague on the Colorado Supreme Court, Justice Nancy Rice, to figuratively blow her top — while a distinguished audience of judges and attorneys bursts into rollicking laughter and appreciative applause.

Colorado’s ‘gold standard’ for impartial courts

Special to The Colorado Statesman

While other states have been rocked by scandals involving their judicial branch, Coloradans celebrate Law Day in 2011 knowing that our time-tested merit selection, performance evaluation and retention election system of selecting judges is lauded by national experts as ensuring excellence and impartiality in our courts.