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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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