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Burnett v. Dept. of Natural Resources
Date: March 23, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 19
Docket Number: 13SC306

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Sarah Burnett and a friend went camping at Cherry Creek State Park. They chose a campsite under a canopy of mature cottonwood trees. "The weather that night was uneventful." Early the next morning, while petit...

Colorado v. Thames
Date: March 23, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 18
Docket Number: 14SA312

Justia Opinion Summary: In an interlocutory appeal, the State challenged the trial court's order suppressing statements made by defendant Douglas Thames during a custodial interrogation. Investigators gave defendant an oral Miranda advisement,...

Martinez v. Colorado
Date: March 16, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 16
Docket Number: 12SC803

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Joe Anthony Martinez was convicted by jury for first-degree murder after deliberation under a complicity theory. When the court instructed the jury on "after deliberation," it used language that the Supreme Co...

Cantina Grill, JV v. City & Cty. of Denver Cty. Bd of Equalization
Date: March 16, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 15
Docket Number: 12SC819

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether several food and beverage concessionaires at the City-owned airport held taxable possessory interests under the test in "Board of County Commissioners v. Vail Associates, Inc.," (19 P.3d...

Ankeney v. Raemisch
Date: March 16, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 14
Docket Number: 13SA336

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Corrections directly appealed to the Supreme Court the grant of habeas relief to petitioner-appellee Randal Ankeney. Complying with a mandate from the court of appeals (in an earlier appeal), the distri...

Colorado v. Carrion
Date: March 16, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 13
Docket Number: 14SA262

Justia Opinion Summary: In an interlocutory appeal, the State appealed a trial court order to suppress certain statements made by defendant Luis Carrion during a custodial interrogation. Officers gave Carrion an oral Miranda advisement and prov...

Wolfe v. Jim Hutton Educational Foundation
Date: March 16, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 17
Docket Number: 14SA38

Justia Opinion Summary: The Tip Jackwater right was originally decreed to service the Tip Jack Ditch, which is part of a 4,000-acre ranch now owned and operated by the Jim Hutton Educational Foundation. The State and Division 1 Engineers added...

Figueroa v. Speers
Date: March 2, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 12
Docket Number: 14SA235

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court declared a vacancy in the Adams County School District 12 Director District 4 school board director position because defendant-appellee Amy Speers was elected but unqualified to serve. An issue arose w...

Doyle v. Colorado
Date: February 17, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 10
Docket Number: 13SC447

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Eric Doyle appealed the court of appeals' decision to affirm his conviction for violating a condition of his bail bond. At the request of the prosecution, the trial court took judicial notice of the fact that...

Craft v. Phila. Indem. Ins. Co.
Date: February 17, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 11
Docket Number: 14SA43

Justia Opinion Summary: The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals certified a question of Colorado law to the Colorado Supreme Court. An insurer issued a policy that provided directors and officers of a company liability coverage. The policy required...

S K Peightal Engineers, LTD v. Mid Valley Real Estate Solutions V
Date: February 9, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 7
Docket Number: 13SC728

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stemmed from a series of contracts surrounding the construction of a custom home. Petitioners are soil engineering corporations that subcontracted with developer Sun Mountain Enterprises, LLC to perform soil an...

Wolfe v. Sedalia
Date: February 9, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 8
Docket Number: 14SA12

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review centered on the historical beneficial consumptive use calculation of an 1872 irrigation right in a change of water right and augmentation plan proceeding. Seda...

In re Malm v. Villegas
Date: February 9, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 4
Docket Number: 14SA13

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Marion Villegas appealed the district court's grant of plaintiff Lillian Malm's motion to reopen her personal injury lawsuit, some six years after the case had been marked inactive and closed. The court denied...

Colorado v. Munoz-Gutierrez
Date: February 9, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 9
Docket Number: 14SA187

Justia Opinion Summary: In an interlocutory appeal, the State sought the Supreme Court's review of a trial court order suppressing marijuana that police discovered in a car registered to and driven by defendant-appellee Ramiro Munoz-Gutierrez....

In re Hagan v. Farmers Insurance Exchange
Date: January 26, 2015
Citation: 2015 CO 6
Docket Numbers: 14SA266, 14SA267, 14SA313

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated cases for this opinion, plaintiffs filed separate actions against Farmers Insurance Exchange (Farmers) in district court. In each case, Farmers moved the change venue, alleging that a change would promote...

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