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Ronquillo v. Colorado  
Date: October 16, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 99
Docket Number: 14SC341

Justia Opinion Summary: Several days before trial, Jesus Ronquillo decided he’d had enough of the lawyer he’d hired to defend him. Counsel asked to withdraw, noting that he had been fired, and that he and Ronquillo had suffered a complete break...

Fuentes-Espinoza v. Colorado  
Date: October 10, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 98
Docket Number: 13SC128

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Bernardino Fuentes-Espinoza challenged his convictions under Colorado’s human smuggling statute on the ground that that statute was preempted by the federal Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). In 2007, Fuen...

City of Arvada ex rel. Arvada Police Department v. Denver Health  
Date: October 10, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 97
Docket Number: 16SC184

Justia Opinion Summary: When Arvada, Colorado police officers responded to a reported domestic disturbance in Terry Ross’s home, Ross went into a bedroom and shot himself. Officers radioed for an ambulance whose crew delivered him to the hospit...

Colorado v. Torrez  
Date: October 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 91
Docket Number: 12SC448

Justia Opinion Summary: Amber Torrez was confined in Denver County on two unrelated warrants: a Jefferson County warrant for assault and other charges (the case giving rise to this appeal) and a Denver County warrant for two murder charges. Wit...

Pineda-Liberato v. Colorado  
Date: October 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 95
Docket Number: 15SC374

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned a district court’s authority to continue to collect from petitioner Karla Pineda-Liberato unpaid restitution, court costs, and fees ordered as conditions of a deferred sentence after the completion of...

Colorado v. Ahuero  
Date: October 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 90
Docket Number: 15SC912

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Colorado Supreme Court’s review centered on whether a trial court abuses its discretion when it denies a continuance that defense counsel requested seeking more time to prepare for t...

Laleh v. Johnson  
Date: October 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 93
Docket Number: 16SC134

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Khalil Laleh brought a forcible entry and detainer action against his brother, Ali Laleh. The litigation later grew so unwieldy that the trial court appointed Gary Johnson as an accounting expert (and later as a...

Hardegger v. Clark  
Date: October 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 96
Docket Number: 16SC599

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Ann Hardegger filed a complaint in the district court seeking contribution from respondents Daniel and Cheryl Clark, for their proportionate share of a payment she made to the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”)...

Colorado v. Nguyen  
Date: October 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 92
Docket Number: 17SA37

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Hung Van Nguyen, who only spoke Vietnamese, waived his Miranda rights after they were translated to him by a chaplain for the Denver Police Department. The trial court ruled that the defendant’s waiver was volu...

Catholic Health v. Swensson  
Date: October 2, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 94
Docket Number: 17SA62

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2016, Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado (d/b/a Centural Health – St. Anthony North Hospital) filed suit against architectural firm Earl Swensson Associates (“ESA”) after ESA designed Catholic Health’s new hos...

Page v. Colorado  
Date: September 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 88
Docket Number: 13SC438

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Jamey Robert Page entered the home of an eighty-six-year-old woman late at night and sexually assaulted her. During the assault, the victim bit Page’s tongue, causing him to bleed on her clothing. A DNA analys...

Colorado v. Clemens  
Date: September 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 89
Docket Number: 14SC49

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the supreme court considers whether a prospective juror’s silence in response to rehabilitative questioning constitutes evidence sufficient to support a trial court’s conclusion that the juror has been reha...

Colorado v. Rock  
Date: September 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 84
Docket Number: 14SC699

Justia Opinion Summary: The State sought review of the court of appeals’ judgment reversing defendant Priscilla Rock’s convictions for second degree burglary and theft. The trial court denied Rock’s request for an additional, lesser-included-of...

Colorado v. Naranjo  
Date: September 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 87
Docket Number: 15SC596

Justia Opinion Summary: Gilbert Naranjo was charged with two counts of felony menacing for pointing a handgun from his vehicle toward the two occupants of another vehicle during a road-rage incident. Naranjo admitted at trial that he handled th...

Frazier v. Williams  
Date: September 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 CO 85
Docket Number: 16SA230

Justia Opinion Summary: Ryan Frazier ran as a Republican candidate for United States Senate. After the Colorado Secretary of State determined that Frazier had not gathered enough sufficient signatures to appear on the ballot, Frazier challenged...

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