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Tuesday Trial Watch: Thompson Juror Stays On After Parking Lot Incident

By Peter Rossi
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Editor’s Note: Statewide trial reporter Peter Rossi rounds up today’s court news.

An alternate juror in the Aaron Thompson child abuse trial said she was intimidated by a man on a motorcycle outside of the courthouse. After speaking with Judge Valeria Spencer behind closed doors, she decided to continue her service.
http://www.denverpost.com/technology/ci_13030508

Dalgarn Files Lawsuit Against Sheriff
Christopher Dalgarn received probation Monday for a traffic violation in October that resulted in a sheriff’s deputy chasing him 11 miles. The officer shot at him nine times, and paralyzed him from the waist down. After the sentence, lawyers for Dalgarn filed a class action lawsuit claiming the department violated his constitutional rights. His lawyers are Steve Peters and Karen Steinhauser.
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_13034101

Garfield County Faces Issues Over Amendment 54
Garfield County may face a legal battle with contractors over amendment 54, which prohibits certain contractors and their families from making political contributions to that same government.
http://www.postindependent.com/article/20090811/VALLEYNEWS/908119995/1083&ParentProfile=1074

Pot Bust In Eagle County
Diego Alvarez was arrested Monday after authorities found a large amount of marijuana in his mountain apartment. He is being held in Eagle County Jail, and his court date was not announced.
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_13036869?source=rss

Denver In Settlement Talks
Two people are in settlement talks with the city of Denver after they say they were mistakenly jailed for several days.
http://cbs4denver.com/local/Settlement.Talks.Works.2.1122796.html

Jury Selection Underway in Hankins Trial
Jury selection has started in the first-degree murder trial of Terry Hankins who is accused of murdering Cynthia Hankins. He is also charged with abuse of a corpse.
http://www.craigdailypress.com/news/2009/aug/11/murder_trial_begins/

10th Circuit Tosses Negligence Suit
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeal Monday upheld the dismissal of a negligence lawsuit filed by the mother of Samuel Hall, who died while competing in a mountain bike race near Moab.
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_13031000

Drunken Hit-And-Run Driver Sentenced To 8 Years
Colorado Springs man Michael Erch Gibbs on Monday was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide in the drunken driving hit-and-run death of a 14-year-old boy.
http://www.gazette.com/articles/gibbs-59934-run-boy.html

Hogan & Hartson Attorney Recovering After Stroke
On Tuesday Aug. 4, trial lawyer Dan Hoffman of Hogan & Hartson had a stroke and was operated on that evening. He is recovering in the Neuro ICU at University of Colorado Hospital, Anschutz Medical Campus.
http://www.danielshoffman.blogspot.com/

Second Delay In 13-Year-Old’s Murder Case
Colorado Springs District Judge David Shakes delayed for a second time a decision on whether to charge 13-year-old Daniel Gudino as an adult for allegedly murdering his younger brother.
http://www.krdo.com/Global/story.asp?S=10879663

Have a trial you want to tell us about? Do you have questions about our future trial coverage? Send your queries to Peter Rossi at prossi@circuitmedia.com.

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