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Colorado v. Rainer  
Date: May 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 50
Docket Number: 13SC408

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000, Atorrus Rainer was convicted by jury on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, one count of first-degree burglary, one count of aggravated robbery, and crime of violence...

Lucero v. Colorado  
Date: May 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 49
Docket Number: 13SC624

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, Guy Lucero was convicted by jury for multiple offenses arising from a drive-by shooting. He was tried as an adult. The trial court sentenced Lucero to consecutive term-of-years prison sentences for each count, a...

Armstrong v. Colorado  
Date: May 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 51
Docket Number: 13SC945

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, Cheryl Armstrong was convicted by jury on two counts of second-degree murder under a complicity theory. She was sixteen at the time of the charged offenses, and was tried as an adult. Armstrong was sentenced to...

Estrada-Huerta v. Colorado  
Date: May 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 52
Docket Number: 14SC127

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, a jury convicted Alejandro Estrada-Huerta of second-degree kidnapping and sexual assault. Estrada-Huerta was seventeen at the time he was charged, and he was tried as an adult. The trial court sentenced Estrada-...

St. Vrain Valley Sch. Dist. RE-1J v. Loveland  
Date: May 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 54
Docket Number: 15SC933

Justia Opinion Summary: A non-negligently constructed and maintained piece of playground equipment cannot be a “dangerous condition” under the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act’s recreation-area waiver. Nine-year-old Alexa Loveland fell while...

In re Villas at Highland Park Homeowners Assoc. v. Villas at Highland Park, LLC  
Date: May 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 53
Docket Number: 16SA212

Justia Opinion Summary: In a construction-defect matter filed by a homeowners’ association (HOA) against several developers, an attorney for the HOA previously represented one of the developers. The developers moved to disqualify that attorney...

Colorado in the Interest of Z.T.T.  
Date: May 22, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 48
Docket Number: 17SA23

Justia Opinion Summary: When a defendant knowingly and intelligently waives his Miranda rights, knew he was free to leave an interview, and confessed to committing a crime during the course of a conversational, friendly interview devoid of coer...

Montoya v. Colorado  
Date: May 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 40
Docket Number: 12SC832

Justia Opinion Summary: Angelo Montoya and his cousin were charged by grand jury indictment with extreme indifference murder in the shooting death of a young woman at a party. The two were tried together, and although both were acquitted of the...

Colo. Dept. of Revenue v. Creager  
Date: May 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 41
Docket Number: 15SC226

Justia Opinion Summary: Creager Mercantile Co., Inc., a wholesale distributor of groceries and tobacco products, sells Blunt Wraps, a type of cigar wrapper made of thirty to forty-eight percent tobacco. Blunt Wraps are designed to be filled wit...

Stoorman v. Dixon  
Date: May 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 42
Docket Number: 15SC710

Justia Opinion Summary: Samuel J. Stoorman & Associates, P.C. represented Kristy Casagranda (“Wife”) during dissolution proceedings against her then-husband Brian Todd Dixon (“Husband”). The Firm asserted a charging lien for its fees under Colo...

Select Energy Servs., LLC v. K-LOW, LLC  
Date: May 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 43
Docket Number: 16SA166

Justia Opinion Summary: Select Energy Services, LLC, wanted to run a water pipeline across an old, partly destroyed irrigation ditch alongside the South Platte River. An easement arising from a water right long associated with that ditch stood...

Colorado v. King  
Date: May 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 44
Docket Number: 16SA170

Justia Opinion Summary: Just after midnight on September 6, 2015, Officer Luke Bishard responded to a report of a vehicle driving erratically. Officer Bishard observed defendant Melissa King’s eyes were glassy and her speech was slurred. King a...

Colorado v. Sewick  
Date: May 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 45
Docket Number: 16SA171

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Alan Sewick was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (“DUI”). The arresting officer began to read Sewick an advisement consistent with Colorado’s Expressed Consent Statute, section 42-4-1301.1, C...

Colorado v. Maxwell  
Date: May 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 46
Docket Number: 16SA172

Justia Opinion Summary: Officer Carlos Wilkendorf was patrolling near Lowry Park in the early hours of April 25, 2015, when he saw a black SUV parked in the parking lot despite the park being closed. He approached the vehicle and found defendan...

Colorado v. Maxwell  
Date: May 15, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 47
Docket Number: 16SA194

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, defendant Depree Maxwell was involved in a car crash. Responding police officers observed that Maxwell appeared to be intoxicated. Maxwell was unable to provide his driver’s license or proof of insurance, and he...

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