By Peter Rossi, LAW WEEK COLORADO
Editor’s Note: Statewide trial reporter Peter Rossi rounds up today’s court news.
The Department of Justice will not appeal a federal court decision ordering a shorter prison sentence for ex-Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio, who was convicted of insider trading and sentenced to six years.
Police Interview Played In Thompson Trial
In a police interview, Shelly Lowe’s daughter said that Aaron Thompson was a “great dad” to the children living in the home. A 60-count indictment alleges Thompson routinely beat the children in the house.
Former Cop Testifies In Arson Trial
Larry Garfinkel, a retired Los Angeles police detective, testified in the arson trial of Carbondale rancher Larry Gerbaz on Monday. Garfinkel became emotional when he described how he survived the blast. The trial is scheduled for jury deliberation Friday.
Eagle County DA Pushes To Extend Term Limits
14th Judicial District Attorney Mark Hurlbert is asking the Eagle County Commissioners Tuesday to approve a ballot question that would ask voters to give DAs three four-year terms instead of two terms.
Former Fugitive Gets Two Years In Prison
Javier Mujica, 44, pleaded guilty to two felonies Monday and was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Blackburn to two years in prison. Mujica pleaded to identity theft and making false statements on an application for a passport.
Melo Sues Former Business Manager
Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony is suing his former business manager, Larry W. Harmon, alleging he misappropriated more than $2 million of Anthony’s assets. The lawsuit was filed in Sacramento, Calif. on Monday.
Autopsy Photos Shown In Hankins Murder Trial
In the second week of testimony in the Terry Hankins murder trial, the jury saw graphic photos of Cynthia Hankins’ remains. Terry Hankins allegedly killed his wife Cynthia and dismembered her body.
Starbucks Prevails In Civil Suit
A Denver jury did not award damages to Joseph Degesualdo and Darrell Creswell, who claimed they had an agreement with Starbucks to use its corporate logos on vending machines.