Legal Issues http://krcc.org en Reporter Roundtable: Same-Sex Marriage in Colorado's Courts http://krcc.org/post/reporter-roundtable-same-sex-marriage-colorados-courts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal judge in Denver said Colorado’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional and three county clerks have been issuing marriage licenses in the state. </span>Bente<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Birkeland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> talks to statehouse reporters about the changes and what it means politically.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:27:21 +0000 Bente Birkeland 22158 at http://krcc.org Reporter Roundtable: Same-Sex Marriage in Colorado's Courts EPC Sheriff Faces Allegations of Inappropriate Behavior http://krcc.org/post/epc-sheriff-faces-allegations-inappropriate-behavior <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">El Paso County Sheriff Terry </span>Maketa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is facing allegations of inappropriate behavior, including creating a hostile work environment and sexual discrimination. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Several department commanders say the sheriff had affairs with three subordinates, abused those who questioned the alleged relationships, and removed all oversight of the department's $60 million budget. &nbsp;</span><br /> Fri, 23 May 2014 22:27:52 +0000 Andrea Chalfin & AP 19531 at http://krcc.org EPC Sheriff Faces Allegations of Inappropriate Behavior Electronic Data Search Warrants in Colorado http://krcc.org/post/electronic-data-search-warrants-colorado <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Colorado voters are likely to decide whether law enforcement agencies need a warrant to search electronic records, such as data stored on cell phones. Lawmakers are trying to refer a measure to the November ballot. The U.S. Supreme Court heard hearing two cases on the issue yesterday. </span>Bente<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Birkeland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has more from the state capitol.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:45:32 +0000 Bente Birkeland 18460 at http://krcc.org Electronic Data Search Warrants in Colorado Mug Shots Bill Moves Forward http://krcc.org/post/mug-shots-bill-moves-forward <p>A bipartisan committee at the statehouse has moved forward a bill to make it easier to remove people’s mug shots from commercial websites if they were never convicted of the crime for which they were arrested.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters of House Bill 1047 say it’s wrong for businesses to post mug shots and force people to pay to take them down.</span></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:54:19 +0000 Bente Birkeland 14480 at http://krcc.org Mug Shots Bill Moves Forward Cantaloupe Farmers Sentenced to Probation http://krcc.org/post/cantaloupe-farmers-sentenced-probation <p>Cantaloupe farmers in eastern Colorado responsible for a deadly outbreak of listeria two years ago were sentenced today after pleading guilty to six misdemeanor charges in October. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nat Stein has more.</span><br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal magistrate in Denver sentenced brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen to five years of probation, starting with six months of home detention. Each brother also must pay $150,000 in restitution and perform 100 hours of community service.</span></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:08:21 +0000 Nat Stein & AP 14412 at http://krcc.org Cantaloupe Farmers Sentenced to Probation Cantaloupe Farmers Seek Probation http://krcc.org/post/cantaloupe-farmers-seek-probation <p>Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers are asking a federal judge for probation rather than jail time. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two years ago, a deadly listeria outbreak was traced back to cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms in southeastern Colorado. Brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen own the farm and in October pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. These federal charges can carry penalties of up to six years in prison and $1.5 million in fines.</span></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:26:15 +0000 Nat Stein & AP 13967 at http://krcc.org Cantaloupe Farmers Seek Probation Colorado Springs Opts Out of Recreational Marijuana Sales http://krcc.org/post/colorado-springs-opts-out-recreational-marijuana-sales <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Colorado Springs City Council voted yesterday to opt-out of recreational marijuana sales after listening to public comments and a plea from Mayor Steve Bach to opt-out. Bach called it a jobs killer, and cited concerns from the military.&nbsp; Bach also said it’s important to take a regional approach, mentioning other communities who have opted out of recreational marijuana sales like El Paso County, Monument, and Green Mountain Falls.&nbsp; If council decided not to opt-out, they would have voted on a moratorium.&nbsp; But Bach pressed for the ban.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:06:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 6084 at http://krcc.org Colorado Springs Opts Out of Recreational Marijuana Sales Morse, Giron Recall Elections Set for September 10th http://krcc.org/post/morse-giron-recall-elections-set-september-10th <p></p><p></p><p>A recall effort is moving forward to oust two Democratic state lawmakers over their support for gun control laws. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:38:31 +0000 Bente Birkeland 5846 at http://krcc.org Morse, Giron Recall Elections Set for September 10th Magazine Law Injunction Declared Unneeded http://krcc.org/post/magazine-law-injunction-declared-unneeded <p><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px; ">A group of sheriffs aiming to overturn new gun laws are happy with language they say clears up confusion. Yesterday, attorneys for the two sides came to an agreement on the measure that limits magazine rounds to fifteen. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:06:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 5438 at http://krcc.org Magazine Law Injunction Declared Unneeded Judge to Consider Challenges to New Gun Laws http://krcc.org/post/judge-consider-challenges-new-gun-laws <p><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px; ">A lawsuit filed by more than 50 Colorado sheriffs challenging two new gun laws is scheduled to go in front of a judge today. The laws went into effect July 1st. Now, an attorney representing the sheriffs is asking for the parts of the law setting limits on gun magazines be put on hold. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 5370 at http://krcc.org Judge to Consider Challenges to New Gun Laws