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Garner v. Colorado  
Date: March 18, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 19
Docket Number: 16SC75

Justia Opinion Summary: The State of Colorado charged James Garner for a shooting at a bar that injured three brothers. The State’s case depended on the brothers’ live identifications of Garner at trial, almost three years later. None of them c...

Johnson v. Colorado  
Date: March 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 17
Docket Number: 17SC120

Justia Opinion Summary: After observing Crystal Johnson conduct an apparent drug transaction, police officers followed her vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Officers searched Johnson’s vehicle and seized methamphetamine and a digital scale....

Colorado v. Threlkel  
Date: March 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 18
Docket Number: 18SA263

Justia Opinion Summary: As part of an extensive narcotics investigation that spanned almost all of 2017, law enforcement obtained arrest warrants for defendant Amber Threlkel and her significant other, Robert Allen, based on their alleged distr...

In the Matter of Laurie A. Booras  
Date: March 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 16
Docket Number: 18SA83

Justia Opinion Summary: In a judicial disciplinary proceeding, the Colorado Supreme Court considered the exceptions of now-former Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Laurie Booras to the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline’s (the “Commission...

Colorado v. Travis  
Date: March 4, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 15
Docket Number: 16SC584

Justia Opinion Summary: On the day her trial was set to begin, April Travis told the court that she was hoping she could have more time “to look for and pay for an attorney.” The trial court denied the request to continue the case, noting that...

Concerning the Application for Water Rights of Donald E. Dill, Cathie G. Dill, Jerry R. Pearce, and Frances M. Pearce in Fremont County  
Date: February 25, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 14
Docket Number: 17SA231

Justia Opinion Summary: The question presented by this appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court was a 1909 water rights decree adjudicated an enforceable water right for the Campbell Ditch in nine springs. Yamasaki Ring, LLC, which owned some of th...

Well Augmentation Subdist. v. Centennial Water & Sanitation Dist.  
Date: February 19, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 12
Docket Number: 16SA256

Justia Opinion Summary: Centennial Water and Sanitation District appealed a water court order dismissing its objection to the Well Augmentation Subdistrict’s ("WAS") proposal to use additional sources of replacement water for its previously dec...

In re Colorado v. Tafoya  
Date: February 19, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 13
Docket Number: 18SA224

Justia Opinion Summary: A district court denied Elizabeth Tafoya a preliminary hearing. Tafoya was accused of a class four felony, DUI (fourth or subsequent offense). She requested a preliminary hearing on that charge, but the district court fo...

In re Accetta v. Brooks Towers  
Date: February 11, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 11
Docket Number: 18SA127

Justia Opinion Summary: Brooks Tower was comprised of 566 residential units, 13 commercial units, and 297 associated garage units. Plaintiff Anthony Accetta and his wife owned a condominium in the Tower. All Brooks Tower unit owners are governe...

Colorado v. Kubuugu  
Date: January 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 9
Docket Number: 16SC158

Justia Opinion Summary: Police witnessed a car driven by Respondent Simon Kubuugu exit a parking lot, pull into traffic, and make a U-turn that forced other drivers to swerve to avoid hitting him. Kubuugu drive slowly past the police car, and p...

LeHouillier v. Gallegos  
Date: January 28, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 8
Docket Number: 17SC312

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Della Gallegos had to undergo three cranial surgeries after her radiologist, Dr. Steven Hughes, failed to detect an obvious brain tumor on an MRI scan three years earlier. Had Dr. Hughes discovered the tumor in...

Colorado v. Barrios  
Date: January 28, 2019
Citation: 2018 CO 10
Docket Number: 18SA150

Justia Opinion Summary: H.J. completed her grocery shopping at a Target store in Arvada and walked to her car. Defendant-appellee, sixteen year old Dominic Barrios was also at the Target. After H.J. entered her vehicle, Barrios opened the back...

Colorado v. Wood  
Date: January 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 7
Docket Number: 16SC990

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue before the Colorado Supreme Court in this case was whether Patrick Wood suffer simultaneous convictions for first-degree felony murder (a class 1 felony) and second-degree murder (a class 2 felony) in 1987 for t...

Allen v. Colorado  
Date: January 22, 2019
Citation: 2019 CO 6
Docket Number: 17SA220

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Colorado Supreme Court's review centered on whether a water court had jurisdiction to consider a claim for inverse condemnation alleging a judicial taking of shares in a mutual ditch...

The People of the State of Colorado v. Adam Howard Tarnowski
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Number: 18SA245
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