By Peter Rossi
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Editor’s Note: Statewide trial reporter Peter Rossi rounds up today’s court news.
Eight plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, filed a lawsuit against the city of Denver alleging the Denver police acted unlawfully when they arrested more than 100 people during last year’s Democratic National Convention.
Gerbaz Not Guilty Of Arson
Larry Gerbaz Friday was found not guilty of arson in connection with the County Road 100 wildfire started in April 2008. Gerbaz still faces two civil lawsuits from an injured fisherman and from homeowners who had property damage.
Third Week Underway In Thompson Trial
The third week of trial starts this week in the Aaron Thompson child abuse trial. After two weeks, it’s still unclear what could have happened to Thompson’s daughter, Aarone.
Odell To Be Sworn In As District Judge
Devin R. Odell will be sworn in as a Larimer District Judge next Monday, with his first day on the bench Sept. 1. Judge Stephen Schapanski will swear Odell in.
First Candidate Appears In Veterans Court
Army Spc. Yoofi Minta appeared in veterans trauma court in El Paso County Friday as the first candidate to be a part of the program that emphasizes treatment of offenders. Minta was charged with possession of a controlled substance and a traffic violation.
Woman Suing Cops Arrested
Rifle woman Danielle Marie Trujillo, wrongfully arrested in connection with an alleged drug ring in 2008, was arrested last week for assaulting a family member. Trujillo has a civil federal lawsuit pending against the drug task force for false imprisonment and slander.
Another Nurse Arrested For Stealing Pain Med
Another nurse, Cheri Jo Bechdolt, last week was arrested for stealing syringes containing the pain medication Dilaudid. Bechdolt is a nurse at Denver Health and is scheduled to be in court Aug. 31.
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