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Carter v. Colorado  
Date: July 31, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 59
Docket Number: 15SC421

Justia Opinion Summary: Parish Carter was convicted of conspiracy to commit first degree murder. The district court denied his motion to suppress statements made in a videotaped interrogation, including his assertion he had not been adequately...

The People of the State of Colorado v. Priscilla Ann Rock.
Date: July 3, 2017
Docket Number: 14SC699
Colorado v. Stock  
Date: July 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 80
Docket Number: 14SC870

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, a jury convicted Susan Stock of third degree burglary and theft for stealing money from vending machines at the hotel where she worked. The court of appeals reversed Stock’s convictions, concluding that the tria...

Keim v. Douglas County School District  
Date: July 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 81
Docket Number: 15SC502

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court held that under section 2(5)(a)(IV) of the Colorado Constitution, a campaign “contribution” required that: (1) something of value (2) be given to a candidate, directly or indirectly, (3) for th...

Colorado v. Kendrick  
Date: July 3, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 82
Docket Number: 17SA14

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court concluded the district court misinterpreted the “special circumstances” prong of section 20-1-107(2), C.R.S (2016), in finding that the circumstances at issue satisfied the high burden required...

Exec. Dir. of the Colo. Dept. of Corr. v. Fetzer  
Date: June 26, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 77
Docket Number: 16SC361

Justia Opinion Summary: The department of corrections petitioned for review of the court of appeals’ judgment reversing a district court order denying Raymond Fetzer’s petition pursuant to C.R.C.P. 106(a)(2). Fetzer’s petition sought an order c...

N.M. v. Trujillo  
Date: June 26, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 79
Docket Number: 16SC388

Justia Opinion Summary: While walking past respondent Alexander Trujillo’s home on his way to the playground, petitioner N.M. became frightened when Trujillo’s two pit bulls rushed at the front-yard fence. Although the dogs did not get out of t...

Mesa Cty. Public Library Dist. v. Indus. Claim Appeals Office  
Date: June 26, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 78
Docket Number: 16SC596

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, a hearing officer found that claimant Laurie Gomez, who was terminated from her position as public services manager with the Mesa County Public Library District (the “Library”), suffered from acute stress d...

Nicholls v. Colorado  
Date: June 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 71
Docket Number: 13SC68

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2008, a jury convicted Deborah Nicholls for the murders of her three children. On appeal, Nicholls argued, inter alia, that the trial court erred in admitting at trial the statements that her husband, Tim Nic...

Colorado v. Roman  
Date: June 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 70
Docket Number: 14SC340

Justia Opinion Summary: In light of the evidence presented at trial and the instructions actually provided to the jury, the Colorado Supreme Court concluded there was no reasonable possibility that the trial court’s failure to instruct on reckl...

Roberts v. Colorado  
Date: June 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 76
Docket Number: 14SC517

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court affirmed petitioner Monica Robert’s county court conviction for harassment. She appealed, arguing that pursuant to the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision in Colorado v. Pickering, 276 P.3d 553 (Colo. 20...

Gallegos Family Properties, LLC v. Colorado Groundwater Commission  
Date: June 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 73
Docket Number: 15SA118

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court’s decision in this matter addressed appeals from two related cases: Gallegos Family Properties, LLC’s petition to de-designate a portion of the Upper Crow Creek Designated Ground Water Basin, a...

Colorado v. Lente  
Date: June 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 74
Docket Number: 15SA331

Justia Opinion Summary: Under Amendment 64, extracting hash oil from marijuana is manufacturing marijuana—not processing marijuana plants—and therefore does not fall within Amendment 64’s protected personal uses of marijuana. When Austin Lente...

Colo. Dep't of Revenue v. Creager  
Date: June 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 41M
Docket Number: 15SC226

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court granted certiorari review to determine whether “Blunt Wraps,” a type of cigar wrapper made in part of tobacco and designed to be filled with smoking material and smoked, could be taxed as “toba...

Kinder Morgan CO2 Co., L.P. v. Montezuma Cty. Bd. of Comm'rs  
Date: June 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 72
Docket Number: 15SC595

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court concluded that the statutory scheme property taxation of oil and gas leaseholds authorized the retroactive tax assessment in this case. Petitioner Kinder Morgan CO2 Company, L.P., operated oil...

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