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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...

Carestream Health, Inc. v. Colo. Pub. Utils. Comm'n  
Date: June 19, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 75
Docket Number: 16SA53

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Carestream Health, Inc. began purchasing gas transportation services from Public Service Company of Colorado. In 2013, Public Service discovered that it had undercharged Carestream by approximately $1.26 million...

Rael v. Colorado  
Date: June 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 67
Docket Number: 13SC903

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue presented for the Colorado Supreme Court’s review in this case was whether it was reversible error for a trial court in a criminal case to provide the deliberating jury with “unfettered and unsupervised access”...

Teague v. Colorado  
Date: June 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 66
Docket Numbers: 14SC31, 14SC858

Justia Opinion Summary: In a combined opinion, the Colorado Supreme Court addressed whether sexual offenders had to bear the cost of their victims’ forensic medical examinations as criminal restitution. The General Assembly authorized recovery...

Colorado v. Rock  
Date: June 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 58
Docket Number: 14SC699

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed an appellate court’s judgment reversing Priscilla Rock’s convictions for second degree burglary and theft, relating to a break in and her ex-boyfriend’s parents’ house. Defendant conceded that she ente...

State Farm v. Johnson  
Date: June 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 68
Docket Number: 14SC890

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court concluded here that nothing in the language of the Colorado uninsured/underinsured motorist statute, 10-4-609 C.R.S. (2016) precluded an agent from exercising either apparent or implied authori...

Espino-Paez v. Colorado  
Date: June 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 61
Docket Number: 14SC957

Justia Opinion Summary: Jose Espino-Paez pled guilty to the use of a schedule II controlled substance and received a deferred judgment. When he successfully completed the terms of the deferred judgment, his guilty plea was withdrawn and the cha...

Carter v. Colorado  
Date: June 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 59
Docket Number: 15SC421

Justia Opinion Summary: Parish Carter was charged with two counts of first degree murder, bribing a witness, conspiracy to commit first degree murder, intimidation of a witness, and unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, all in connec...

Colorado v. Corrales-Castro  
Date: June 5, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 60
Docket Number: 15SC470

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, defendant pled guilty to criminal impersonation, and he received a one-year deferred judgment. Defendant successfully complied with the terms of the deferred judgment, and in 2010 the court withdrew his guilty p...

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