By Peter Rossi
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Editor’s Note: Statewide trial reporter Peter Rossi rounds up today’s court news.
Judge Tosses Army’s Expansion Plan
U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch has thrown out an environmental review of the Army’s plan to increase its training at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site in Denver.
Hoffman Took On Challenges Until The End
Former Trial Lawyer and University of Denver College of Law Dean Dan Hoffman continued to take on new projects until his death Sept. 1 at age 78.
Judge Rejects Plea Deal
14th Judicial Judge Mary Hoak rejected the argument by Brian Wilson, accused in an armed robbery, that she didn’t have legal authority to turn down a proposed plea agreement from the district attorney.
Mental Evaluation Ordered For Murder Suspect
Heath Johnston, accused of first-degree murder, was ordered by 9th Judicial District Court Judge Gail Nichols to undergo a mental evaluation before his trial. The evaluation will postpone the trial at least three more months.
Thompson Attorneys: Toss Case
Defense attorneys for Aaron Thompson Tuesday asked Arapahoe County District Judge Valeria Spencer to drop the child abuse resulting in death case because of insufficient evidence. She declined.
Broncos Rookie Misses Practice For Court
Denver Broncos rookie tight end Richard Quinn missed practice Tuesday to appear in Arapahoe County Court on an obstruction of telephone service harassment charge. The charge stemmed from a Monday disturbance with Quinn’s girlfriend, Tiffany Merritt.
Judge Reserves Decision On Ballot Measure
4th Judicial District Court Judge David Miller reserved decision Tuesday on a request from anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce to force elections officials to change the working of a measure on the November ballot. The measure would phase out fees collected by the city enterprises.
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