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School Dist. No. 1 v. Denver Classroom Teachers Ass'n  
Date: January 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 5
Docket Number: 17SC139

Justia Opinion Summary: Believing that the decision to stop paying teachers for English Learning Acquisition (ELA) training violated a series of the parties’ Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs), the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DC...

Colorado in Interest of D.Z.B.  
Date: January 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 4
Docket Number: 17SC250

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services (the Department) was ordered to take custody of D.Z.B. and house him in a particular facility pending his delinquency adjudication. Believing that the district co...

Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission v. Martinez  
Date: January 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 3
Docket Number: 17SC297

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Colorado Supreme Court's review centered on whether the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission properly declined to engage in rulemaking to consider a rule by Respondents, a gr...

Colorado v. Medved  
Date: January 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 1
Docket Number: 17SC33

Justia Opinion Summary: Whites Corporation donated a conservation easement (CE), and transferred a portion of the resulting CE tax credit to John and Debra Medved. In 2006, the Medveds filed a return claiming the credit. In 2007, Whites Corpora...

Colorado v. Burnett  
Date: January 14, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 2
Docket Number: 18SA180

Justia Opinion Summary: While driving down a highway, a Colorado State Patrol (CSP) trooper observed another driver flash her turn signal twice over a distance of less than 200 feet and then change lanes. Apparently believing he’d just witnesse...

Marko v. Colorado  
Date: December 17, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 97
Docket Number: 15SC977

Justia Opinion Summary: Nineteen-year-old J.L. was reported missing after she failed to return home on the evening of October 10, 2008. Following a search of the family computer, officers from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPCS) determin...

Thompson v. Catlin  
Date: December 10, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 95
Docket Number: 16SC916

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Colorado Supreme Court's review were the insurance proceeds owed to petitioners Rosalin Rogers and Mark Thompson because of a failed property investment orchestrated by their broker-...

Cowen v. Colorado  
Date: December 10, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 96
Docket Number: 16SC952

Justia Opinion Summary: Jared Cowen owned a semi-truck that needed extensive maintenance. To pay the $37,485.65 repair bill, Cowen borrowed $15,000 from his brother and wrote two checks from his company’s bank account, one for $9,327.65 and the...

Ruibal v. Colorado  
Date: December 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 93
Docket Number: 15SC504

Justia Opinion Summary: George Ruibal appealed the court of appeals’ judgment affirming his conviction for second degree murder. Over defense objection and without taking evidence or making any findings as to reliability, the trial court admitt...

Mountjoy v. Colorado  
Date: December 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 92M
Docket Number: 16SC653

Justia Opinion Summary: Christopher Mountjoy was convicted of reckless manslaughter, illegal discharge of a firearm, and tampering with physical evidence after he shot and killed V.M. outside of a motorcycle clubhouse. During sentencing, the tr...

In re Fox v. Alfini  
Date: December 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 94
Docket Number: 18SA92

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal was a district court’s order compelling production of a recording of petitioner Kayla Fox’s initial consultation with her attorney. The district court determined that the recording was not subject...

Mountjoy v. Colorado  
Date: November 19, 2018
Citation: 2018 CO 92
Docket Number: 16SC653

Justia Opinion Summary: Christopher Mountjoy was convicted of reckless manslaughter, illegal discharge of a firearm, and tampering with physical evidence after he shot and killed V.M. outside of a bar for which he worked security. During senten...

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...

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