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Recent Decisions From the Colorado Supreme Court

People v. Davis—Competency to Waive the Right to Counsel—Double
Date: August 3, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 36M
Docket Number: 12SC236

Colorado v. Tate
Date: August 3, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 42
Docket Number: 12SC932

Justia Opinion Summary: Three cases concerning juvenile sentencing were consolidated by the Supreme Court for the purpose of this opinion. In each, the Court examined the appropriate remedies for the defendants whose sentences would otherwise b...

Colorado v. Vigil
Date: August 3, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 43
Docket Number: 14SC495

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1997, Frank Vigil, Jr. was convicted of first degree murder for his participation in the kidnapping, rape, torture, and murder of a 14-year-old girl. Vigil was sixteen at the time of the crime. The trial court senten...

Colorado v. Wilson
Date: July 20, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 54M
Docket Number: 12SC1027

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Derrick Wilson objected to the prosecutor's use of a peremptory strike to excuse a black veniremember, arguing that the strike violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as interpreted in...

Colorado v. Tate
Date: July 13, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 42
Docket Number: 12SC932

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court granted review in two cases to determine what remedy is appropriate for juvenile defendants who were given sentences that would be unconstitutional under the federal Supreme Court's decision in...

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

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, a jury convicted William J. Hunsaker, Jr.,of sexual assault on a child (count I), a class 4 felony,and sexual assault on a child–pattern of abuse (count II), a class 3 felony. The trial court concluded that thes...

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...

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