By Peter Rossi
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Editor’s Note: Statewide trial reporter Peter Rossi rounds up today’s court news.
Jefferson County has spent $600,000 to settle age and sex discrimination cases against the county’s top executive, Jim Moore. The county has also paid $166,918 on outside and in-house counsel to defend the claims against Moore, the county administrator.
Defense Rests In Thompson Case
Aaron Thompson’s defense team rested its case Wednesday after one day of testimony. Thompson did not testify, and closing arguments are expected Friday.
Kansas Pharmacist’s Conviction Upheld
Wichita Pharmacist Jerry Lovern, convicted of unlawfully distributing prescription drugs in 2006, had that ruling upheld by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. But the court of appeals threw out the same conviction against computer technician Robert Barron who worked in the pharmacy.
Child Sexual Assault Suspect Accepts Plea
A scheduled 20-day jury trial was vacated Tuesday after Glenwood Springs man Frank Alameno accepted a plea deal and admitted guilt on charges of possession of a controlled substance and sexual exploitation of a child.
Group Sues EPA To Speed Process
Wild Earth Guardians, an environmental group, is suing the Environmental Protection Agency urging it to speed up its review of state pollution regulations.
Judge Overturns Liquor License Ruling
Weld District Judge Daniel Maus overturned a Greeley municipal judge’s decision to deny the sandwich shop Cheba Hut a liquor license. Greeley City Attorney Rick Brady can still appeal the judge’s ruling.
Stabbing Suspect Sentenced To Three Years
Kelly Standifer, accused of helping stab a Fort Collins man and then tip a refrigerator onto him, was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday. Standifer pleaded guilty in return for assurances that prosecutors wouldn’t convict him as a habitual offender.
USOC Chief Skeptical About Meeting Deadline
Stephanie Streeter, chief executive officer of the U.S. Olympic Committee, remains skeptical about Colorado Springs’ ability to generate the first piece of financing in a reworked deal that would keep the USOC in the city for the next 30 years.
Judge Denies Bruce Ballot Challenge
Fourth Judicial District Judge G. David Miller Wednesday rejected an effort by anti-tax activist Doug Bruce to overturn the wording on a November ballot measure. Bruce argued the city of Colorado Springs violated the city charter by inserting an introductory clause that framed the ballot measure into a yes or no question instead of for and against.
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