By Peter Rossi, LAW WEEK COLORADO
Editor’s Note: Statewide trial reporter Peter Rossi rounds up today’s court news.
Judge Denies Chambers’ Motion
On Monday, Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour denied District Attorney Carol Chambers’ motion to postpone the appointment of a special prosecutor to file charges against two men accused of raping Julie Stene in 2000, the Denver Post reports. Chambers has until 5 p.m. Tuesday to appoint the prosecutor.
Broomfield Man Gets Two Years For Tax Fraud
Loren Smith, a 64-year-old Broomfield tax preparer, was sentenced to two years in federal prison for his role in preparing falsified returns. Smith defrauded the IRS of $550,191 and the Colorado Department of Revenue of $111,495 in a two year span.
Judge Rules In Favor Of Environmentalists
U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken ruled that the U.S. Forest Service failed to consider environmental impacts of streamlining the forest planning process. The agency must continue using measurable standards to maintain the wildlife population.
Local Company Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Rocky Mountain Instrument Co., a local business that manufactures laser optics, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Colorado district Monday.
Judge Gives OK To Frontier’s Reorganization Plan
Frontier Airlines reorganization plan was approved by a judge in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Monday.
Man Charged Baby’s Death
Kevin Neil Buehler, of Pueblo, appeared in court Monday on first degree murder charges and charges of fatal child abuse. Buehler is accused of killing his 9-month-old cousin and dumping her body in the trash.
No Furlough For Sex Offender
Judge Terry Gilmore ruled Monday that former Fort Collins therapist Donald Fish could not take a furlough from Larimer County Detention Center to repair his home. Fish is serving a four year sentence.
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