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Friend v. Colorado  
Date: November 13, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 90
Docket Number: 14SC997

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves the death of four-year-old MB, the daughter of petitioner Mark Friend’s girlfriend. During an interview with law enforcement on the day that MB was transported to the hospital (and before she died), Fr...

Colorado v. Janis  
Date: November 13, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 89
Docket Number: 16SC515

Justia Opinion Summary: Erin Janis stabbed a man outside of a bar in Denver. The State charged Janis with first degree assault. She claimed self-defense, and the case went to trial. Although in custody, Janis asked through trial counsel to leav...

Colorado v. Sease  
Date: November 13, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 91
Docket Number: 17SA130

Justia Opinion Summary: The water court concluded Robert Sease diverted water from Sheep Creek in violation of a 2013 order, which forbade him to use out-of-priority water from Sheep Creek on his Saguache County property (“the Sease Ranch”). Th...

Schultz v. GEICO Casualty Company  
Date: November 5, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 87
Docket Number: 18SA135

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-petitioner Charissa Schultz was injured in a 2015 car accident in which the other driver failed to stop at a stop sign. The other driver’s insurance company settled for its $25,000 policy limit, and Schultz mad...

Colorado v. Cox  
Date: November 5, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 88
Docket Number: 18SA204

Justia Opinion Summary: Believing there was a large marijuana grow on the agricultural and residential land owned by defendant David Cox, law enforcement officers obtained a warrant to search his home and packing shed. Cox was charged with mult...

In re Marriage of Rooks  
Date: October 29, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 85
Docket Number: 16SC906

Justia Opinion Summary: A written agreement with a fertility clinic failed to specify what should have been done with remaining pre-embryos in the event of divorce. The Colorado Supreme Court was asked to decide how a court should determine, in...

Colorado v. Lozano-Ruiz  
Date: October 29, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 86
Docket Number: 17SC195

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court granted review an order reversing the sexual assault conviction of defendant Rodolfo Lozano-Ruiz, due to the county court’s failure to provide a jury instruction containing the statutory defini...

Casillas v. Colorado  
Date: October 15, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 78M
Docket Number: 15SC292

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, a juvenile probation officer swabbed the cheek of Petitioner Ismael Casillas, then a juvenile, to collect a DNA sample. The probation officer’s collection of Casillas’s DNA violated C.R.S. 19-2-925.6(1) because...

Colorado v. DeGreat  
Date: October 15, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 83
Docket Number: 15SC754

Justia Opinion Summary: Prosecutors charged respondent Edward DeGreat with attempted second degree murder, first degree assault, and aggravated robbery arising out of an incident in which DeGreat did not pay his taxi fare after an altercation w...

Zapata v. Colorado  
Date: October 15, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 82
Docket Number: 16SC552

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Nicholas Zapata and Jose Murillo entered a convenience store. Murillo darted behind the checkout counter, where he used a knife to attack the clerk, the only other person in the store. Zapata watched the attac...

Ybarra v. Greenberg & Sada, P.C.  
Date: October 15, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 81
Docket Number: 16SC721

Justia Opinion Summary: Francis Ybarra filed suit against the law firm of Greenberg & Sada, alleging that it violated the Colorado Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by obtaining a judgment against her in the Denver County Court on behalf of St...

Colorado v. Bailey  
Date: October 15, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 84
Docket Number: 18SA169

Justia Opinion Summary: In an interlocutory appeal, the issue this case presented for the Colorado Supreme Court’s review centered on whether the trial court erred in ruling that state troopers lacked probable cause to search defendant’s car wh...

Casillas v. Colorado  
Date: September 24, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 78
Docket Number: 15SC292

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, a juvenile probation officer swabbed the cheek of Petitioner Ismael Casillas, then a juvenile, to collect a DNA sample. Colorado law required certain juvenile offenders to submit to collection of their DNA for t...

Estate of Daniel Brookoff, M.D., v. Clark  
Date: September 24, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 80
Docket Number: 16SC676

Justia Opinion Summary: Alexander Clark brought a medical malpractice lawsuit against the estate of his late pain management specialist, Dr. Daniel Brookoff. Clark claimed Dr. Brookoff negligently prescribed a prolonged course of drugs to allev...

Bewley v. Semler  
Date: September 24, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 79
Docket Number: 16SC849

Justia Opinion Summary: R. Parker Semler, a member of a condominium association, filed a breach-of- contract claim against the law firm that employed the association’s attorney. He alleged the attorney had a contract with the association’s pres...

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