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Former Colorado GOP chair Steve Curtis faces voter fraud charges after allegedly filling out ex-wife’s ballot

Radio talk show host Steve Curtis is pictured in this court-ordered photo taken on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at a court appearance on felony and misdemeanor charges alleging he forged his wife's signature on a mail ballot and voted with it in the November election. (Photo via 19th Judicial District attorney's office)

Just days before allegedly forging his former wife’s signature on a mail ballot and fraudulently voting in the November election, Steve Curtis, a former Colorado Republican Party chairman, railed against the “crooked Democrats” and their propensity to commit voter fraud in an hour-long interview on the conservative morning radio talk show he hosts.

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Hundreds sign Colorado Senate GOP’s petition to save alleged wolf hybrid Capone

Capone, left, relaxes with another family pet in this undated photo provided by his owners, the Abbato family of Aurora. The dog has been impounded by Aurora Animal Services and is under investigation as a suspected wolf-dog hybrid. (Courtesy Tracy Abbato)

Colorado Senate Republicans want Aurora officials to know they’re standing with the owners of Capone, the dog being held by the city’s animal shelter on suspicion the longtime family pet is a wolf hybrid. And by Monday afternoon, hundreds of people had signed their names to an online petition started by the Senate GOP asking […]

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The time for overdue sex offender sentence and treatment reform is probably never

Austin Wilkerson, a former University of Colorado-Boulder student convicted of sexually assaulting a drunken woman and was given what many argue was too lenient a sentence. State Sen. Irene Aguilar ran a bill to give the judiciary greater flexibility in sentencing in cases like Wilkersons to reform what she describes as a system that is too often looked at threw a criminal justice lens rather than a clinical one. (Photo via Boulder Sheriff's Department)
State Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Denver Democrat, sat at the hearing table alone last Wednesday and told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was “very nervous” to present her bills. Rightly so. The direct beneficiaries of her proposals don’t have many defenders at the Capitol — or anywhere else for that matter. Aguilar […]

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McCann creates juvenile prosecution unit

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann has announced the creation of a separate juvenile prosecutions unit within the district attorney’s office. Effective Wednesday, March 1, the Juvenile and Drug Courts Unit will be reorganized to establish a separate juvenile unit, led by its own chief deputy and specially selected deputies. The drug court unit will continue […]

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US Supreme Court hears case on Colorado’s Exoneration Act

This Nov. 15, 2016 photo shows a view of the Supreme Court from the Capitol Dome, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing the case of a Colorado woman exonerated of a felony conviction who wants court fees refunded by Colorado's state government. The state has refused prompting the legal challenge's path all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The U.S. Supreme Court heard the case last week of a Colorado woman who wants to reimbursed for the fines she paid before her felony convictions were overturned. If she wins when the Court’s decision is announced in the next couple of months, the ruling would invalidate a state law that requires exonerated convicts to […]

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Brother of JonBenet Ramsey sues CBS for $750M over series

In this June 29, 2006, file photo, John Ramsey hugs his son, Burke, facing camera, at the graves of his wife, Patsy, and daughter JonBenet, during services for his wife at the St. James Episcopal Cemetery in Marietta, Ga. Burke Ramsey is suing CBS and others for $750 million over a series that aired in September 2016 that Ramsey alleges concluded he killed his sister. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)

The older brother of JonBenet Ramsey is suing CBS and others for $750 million, saying his reputation was ruined after a television series that concluded he killed his 6-year-old sister two decades ago. In the lawsuit filed Wednesday, Burke Ramsey claims that the network, its production company and the experts interviewed in the series on […]

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Nicolais: Death sentence gone awry

Mario Nicolais
Every law school student loves to argue. Most see shadows of Gregory Peck or Spencer Tracy in their mirrors. And, in my law school experience, nothing brought about an argument as fast and as fierce as the death penalty. Stakes cannot be greater or an outcome more final. I even remember former Illinois Gov. George […]

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