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Newman, LLC v. Roberts
Date: February 8, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 9
Docket Number: 13SC339

Justia Opinion Summary: During jury selection in this civil case, plaintiff challenged a juror for cause. The trial court denied the challenge, and in response, plaintiff exercised one of his peremptory challenges to excuse the juror. The Court...

Esquivel-Castillo v. Colorado
Date: January 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 7
Docket Number: 13SC904

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Salvador Esquivel-Castillo appealed the court of appeals decision to affirm his conviction for felony murder. A jury acquitted him of a separate count of kidnapping, but convicted him of felony murder for a de...

Ryals v. City of Englewood
Date: January 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 8
Docket Number: 14SA84

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit certified a question of Colorado law to the Colorado Supreme Court. The issue centered on whether the City of Englewood's Ordinance 34 (effectively barring sex off...

P.W. v. Children's Hospital
Date: January 25, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 6
Docket Number: 15SA151

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Colorado Supreme Court's review stemmed from a medical malpractice action, and whether, as a matter of law, a known suicidal patient admitted to the secure mental health unit of a ho...

Baker v. Wood, Ris & Hames
Date: January 19, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 5
Docket Number: 13SC554

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Colorado Supreme Court's review centered on whether dissatisfied beneficiaries of a testator’s estate have standing to bring legal malpractice or claims against the attorney who draf...

Colorado v. Marquardt
Date: January 19, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 4
Docket Number: 14SC437

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Larry Marquardt was committed to the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) in 2013 after having been found not guilty by reason of insanity on charges of criminal attempt to commit first degree mu...

Colorado v. Childress
Date: January 11, 2016
Citation: 2015 CO 65M
Docket Number: 12SC820

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed a court of appeals' judgment that vacated Kenneth Childress' conviction of vehicular assault while operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Though it was undisputed that Child...

Doubleday v. People
Date: January 11, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 3
Docket Number: 12SC916

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found petitioner John Doubleday guilty of felony murder despite finding him not guilty (based on the affirmative defense of duress) of the charged predicate offense. The court of appeals affirmed the conviction an...

Colorado v. Kutlak
Date: January 11, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 1
Docket Number: 13SC499

Justia Opinion Summary: Police arrested Levent Kutlak after he had a fight with his in-laws. A detective interviewed Kutlak at the police station. Kutlak was read his Miranda rights, after which he asked whether he could "get [his laywer] down...

In re Marriage of de Koning
Date: January 11, 2016
Citation: 2016 CO 2
Docket Number: 14SC152

Justia Opinion Summary: After a two-day permanent orders hearing, the trial court felt it lacked insufficient information to allocate attorney's fees in this divorce action. Therefore, the court chose to issue the decree dissolving the marriage...

Colorado v. Johnson
Date: December 21, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 70
Docket Number: 12SC605

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted certiorari to consider whether the trial court violated respondent Michael Johnson's statutory and constitutional rights by increasing his sentence on the remaining conviction on remand followin...

Colroado v. Nelson
Date: December 21, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 68
Docket Number: 13SC495

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Shannon Nelson was convicted of five charges relating to sexual assaults allegedly committed against her children. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and ordered to pay court costs, fees and restitution....

Colorado v. Madden
Date: December 21, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 69
Docket Number: 13SC496

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Louis Madden was convicted of attempting to patronize a prostituted child and attempted third degree sexual assault by force. He was originally sentenced to an indeterminate sentence and ordered to pay costs,...

Rutter v. Colorado
Date: December 21, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 71
Docket Number: 13SC523

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Jarrod Rutter was convicted of multiple felonies relating to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. Rutter was adjudicated a habitual criminal, which quadrupled the maximum presumptive range for t...

T.W. v. M.C.
Date: December 21, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 72
Docket Number: 14SC1045

Justia Opinion Summary: Central to the appeal before the Supreme Court in this case was a question of who would be the parents of two little boys. M.C. was unaware that he had become the father to the twin boys because the children's biological...

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