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Colorado v. Wilson
Date: June 29, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 54
Docket Number: 12SC1027

Justia Opinion Summary: This case centered on appropriate resolution of a Batson challenge. Petitioner Derrick Wilson objected to the prosecutor’s use of a peremptory strike to excuse a black veniremember and argued that the strike violated the...

Stackhouse v. Colorado
Date: June 29, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 48
Docket Number: 12SC1029

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court granted certiorari in this case to consider whether the court of appeals erred in its conclusion that defendant waived his public trial claim by failing to object to the closure of the courtroo...

St. Jude's Co. v. Roaring Fork Club, L.L.C.
Date: June 29, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 51
Docket Number: 13SA132

Justia Opinion Summary: St. Jude’s Co. made a direct appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court a water court decision entered in favor of the Roraring Fork Club, LLC. With regard to the Club’s two applications for water rights, the water court grant...

San Antonio, Los Pinos & Conejos River Acequia Preservation
Date: June 29, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 52
Docket Number: 13SA135

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case were two water court rulings upholding the Special Improvement District No. 1 (“Subdistrict”) of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District’s (“District”) and the State Engineer’s approval of the 20...

Colorado v. Rodriguez
Date: June 29, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 55
Docket Number: 13SC115

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Colorado Supreme Court's review centered on how both trial and appellate courts should determine whether a party has used a peremptory challenge to purposefully discriminate against...

Taxpayers for Public Education v. Douglas Cty. Sch. Dist.
Date: June 29, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 50
Docket Number: 13SC233

Justia Opinion Summary: The Douglas County School District implemented its Choice Scholarship Pilot Program (CSP), a program that awarded taxpayer-funded scholarships to qualifying elementary, middle, and high school students. Those students c...

Colorado v. Hassen
Date: June 29, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 49
Docket Number: 13SC356

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court completely closed the courtroom during the testimony of two undercover officers in respondent Omer Hassen's trial. The Colorado Supreme Court granted review of this case to determine whether this closure...

In re Colorado v. Elmarr
Date: June 29, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 53
Docket Number: 14SA35

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, a jury found defendant Kevin Elmarr guilty of first degree murder for strangling his ex-wife. In an unpublished decision, the court of appeals reversed Elmarr’s conviction and remanded for a new trial, concludin...

Colorado Medical Society v. Hickenlooper
Date: June 22, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 41
Docket Number: 12SC671

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, the Colorado Governor, under guidance from the state's medical and nursing boards, decided that Colorado would opt-out of a federal regulation requiring certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) administer...

Up. Black Squirrel Creek Grnd Water Mgmt Dist v. Cherokee Metro. Dist.
Date: June 22, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 47
Docket Number: 13SA330

Justia Opinion Summary: The Upper Black Squirrel Creek Ground Water Management District appealed a water court order that interpreted an earlier stipulated decree to which it and Cherokee Metropolitan District were parties, concerning Cherokee'...

Perez v. Colorado
Date: June 15, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 45
Docket Number: 11SC638

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review was the narrow question of whether the trial court's improper admission of unfairly prejudicial 404(b) evidence offered to establish the defendant's intent in...

Beren v. Beren
Date: June 15, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 29
Docket Number: 13SC127

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether, and to what extent, the Colorado Probate Code displaced a probate court's authority to award an equitable adjustment supplementing a spouse's elective share of the decedent's estate. By...

Hunsaker v. Colorado
Date: June 15, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 46
Docket Number: 13SC134

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Colorado Supreme Court's review centered on a series of questions arising under the Colorado Sex Offender Lifetime Supervision Act ("the LSA") which established indeterminate sentenc...

Coats v. Dish Network
Date: June 15, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 44
Docket Number: 13SC394

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Brandon Coats claimed respondent Dish Network, LLC violated 24-34-402.5 C.R.s. (2014) by terminating his employment based on his state-licensed use of medical marijuana at home, during non-working hours. He ar...

Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado
Date: June 15, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 31
Docket Number: 13SC9

Justia Opinion Summary: After entry of a guilty verdict, defense counsel obtained juror affidavits suggesting that one of the jurors exhibited racial bias against the defendant during deliberations. The trial court refused to consider these af...

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