Colorado Supreme Court Decisions 2020

Elder v. Williams  
Date: December 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 88
Docket Number: 19SC1009

Justia Opinion Summary: Timothy Williams began working at the El Paso County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office in 2002 and, after multiple promotions over the course of his career, reached the rank of lieutenant. In March 2016, Sheriff Bill Elder orde...

DOC v. Stiles  
Date: December 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 90
Docket Number: 19SC107

Justia Opinion Summary: Between the date he was hired and June 2015, Mark Stiles had some difficulties with punctuality and managing his paid leave balance, but he was never subject to corrective or disciplinary action and his evaluations consi...

Denver Health v. Houchin  
Date: December 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 89
Docket Number: 19SC354

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, the Denver Health and Hospital Authority hired Brent Houchin as an Employee Relations Specialist and promoted him to Employee Relations Manager. Throughout Houchin’s time at Denver Health, his supervisor consist...

Linnebur v. Colorado  
Date: December 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 79M
Docket Number: 18SC884

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2016, law enforcement contacted Charles Linnebur after receiving a call that he had crashed his vehicle into a fence and might be driving under the influence of alcohol. Although he initially denied that he had...

Colorado in the Interest of B.D.  
Date: December 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 87
Docket Number: 19SC396

Justia Opinion Summary: Several boys broke into two homes, one of which was owned by a man old enough to be considered an “at-risk” victim. When that man returned home, he happened upon one of the boys holding the "spoils of an ill-conceived, j...

Colorado v. Bott  
Date: December 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 86
Docket Number: 19SC599

Justia Opinion Summary: The Court of Appeals vacated eleven of Joshua Bott's twelve convictions for sexual exploitation of a child by possession of sexually exploitative material. Relying on language from the statute's legislative declaration a...

In the Matter of Ryan L. Kamada  
Date: December 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 83
Docket Number: 19SA266

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court considered the amended recommendation of the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline (“Commission”) that now-former District Court Judge Ryan Kamada be sanctioned by public censure for viola...

Colorado v. Arellano  
Date: December 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 84
Docket Number: 20sa206

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue presented for the Colorado Supreme Court's review in this interlocutory appeal was whether the district court abused its discretion in disqualifying the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's office. Erica Arellan...

Colorado v. Kent  
Date: December 7, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 85
Docket Number: 20SA265

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue presented for the Colorado Supreme Court's review in this interlocutory appeal was whether the district court abused its discretion in disqualifying the Fifth Judicial District Attorney's office. The district a...

United Water & Sanitation Dist. v. Burlington Ditch Reservoir & Land Co.  
Date: November 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 80
Docket Number: 19SA150

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal stemmed from an application for a conditional water storage right filed by United Water and Sanitation District, a special water district formed in Elbert County, Colorado, acting through the United Water Acq...

Galvan v. Colorado  
Date: November 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 82
Docket Number: 19SC460

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court revisited a question left open in Castillo v. Colorado, 421 P.3d 1141 (2018): When a trial court instructs the jury on the affirmative defense of self-defense, what quantum of proof is required...

Colorado v. Lee  
Date: November 23, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 81
Docket Number: 19SC749

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Colorado Supreme Court's review centered on whether, under prevailing Colorado equal protection principles, a defendant may be charged with second degree assault based on conduct inv...

Colorado v. Williams  
Date: November 9, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 78
Docket Number: 16SC391

Justia Opinion Summary: The State of Colorado petitioned for review of a court of appeals' judgment reversing Barnett Williams' conviction for distributing a schedule II controlled substance. At trial, the district court admitted evidence pursu...

Linnebur v. Colorado  
Date: November 9, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 79
Docket Number: 18SC884

Justia Opinion Summary: In March 2016, law enforcement contacted Charles Linnebur after receiving a call that he had crashed his vehicle into a fence and might have been driving under the influence of alcohol. Although he initially denied that...

Freirich v. Rabin  
Date: November 2, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 77
Docket Number: 19SC86

Justia Opinion Summary: When Louis Rabin died, he left everything to his widow, Claudine. She was also named as the personal representative to manage his estate in probate. Louis’s former wife, Suyue Rabin, made a claim against the estate based...

Colorado v. Struckmeyer  
Date: October 19, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 76
Docket Number: 19SC50

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Struckmeyer was convicted by jury of class 3 felony child abuse (knowingly or recklessly), and class 4 child abuse (criminal negligence). A division of the court of appeals concluded that the verdicts were logica...

Colorado v. Jackson  
Date: September 21, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 75
Docket Number: 18SC607

Justia Opinion Summary: Brandon Jackson was convicted, as a complicitor, of both first degree murder and attempted first degree murder after his codefendant aimed at, shot, and killed Y.M. under the mistaken belief that Y.M. was E.O. The Colora...

Thompson v. Colorado  
Date: September 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 72
Docket Number: 18SC543

Justia Opinion Summary: Steven Thompson was a real estate developer and sole member and manager of SGD Timber Canyon, LLC (“Timber Canyon”), a real estate company that held an interest in a number of undeveloped lots in Castle Rock, Colorado. T...

Barrett Corp. v. Lembke  
Date: September 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 73
Docket Number: 18SC760

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, the owners of a 13,000-acre tract of land known as 70 Ranch successfully petitioned to include their tract in a special district. After 70 Ranch was incorporated into the district, the district began taxing the...

Colorado v. Rigsby  
Date: September 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 74
Docket Number: 18SC923

Justia Opinion Summary: Derek Rigsby was charged with three counts of second degree assault for smashing a glass into someone’s face during a bar fight. The three charges represented alternative methods of committing the same crime. The jury fo...

Gonzales v. Colorado  
Date: September 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 71
Docket Number: 19SC292

Justia Opinion Summary: After the victim’s murder in this case, his sister-in-law discovered a peculiar microcassette among his belongings. On that cassette was a recording of a potentially incriminating voicemail message. A police detective la...

Fisher v. Colorado  
Date: September 14, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 70
Docket Number: 19SC98

Justia Opinion Summary: On the third day of Gregory Fisher’s trial for five counts of sexual assault on a child, and after the prosecution had presented the majority of its case, the prosecution moved to amend the date range of the charged offe...

Colorado v. Monroe  
Date: August 17, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 67
Docket Number: 18SC708

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Sheila Monroe argued that she stabbed a fellow bus passenger in the neck out of self-defense. She asserted her legal authority to do so without first retreating to a place of no escape. Yet, during the closing...

Archuleta v. Colorado  
Date: July 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 63M
Docket Number: 19SC453

Justia Opinion Summary: In this tragic case involving a charge of child abuse resulting in death, the issue presented for the Colorado Supreme Court's review centered on whether the defendant Sandra Archuleta was entitled to a modified unanimit...

Ritchie v. Polis  
Date: July 1, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 69
Docket Number: 20SC453

Justia Opinion Summary: On March 10, 2020, Colorado Governor Jared Polis declared a disaster emergency pursuant to the Colorado Disaster Emergency Act as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Since that time, the Governor relied on his auth...

Colorado v. Monroe  
Date: June 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 67
Docket Number: 18SC708

Justia Opinion Summary: Colorado has long followed the no-duty-to-retreat rule in self-defense cases. During the closing arguments of Shiela Monroe’s trial, the prosecution repeatedly argued that Monroe didn’t act reasonably in self-defense bec...

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners v. Polis  
Date: June 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 66
Docket Number: 18SC817

Justia Opinion Summary: In response to high-profile mass shootings in the state, the Columbine High School shootings of 1999 and the Aurora movie theater shooting in 2012. In both attacks, the shooters used large-capacity ammunition magazines....

In re Lucy & Meresa  
Date: June 29, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 68
Docket Number: 20SA120

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court issued a rule to show cause in two cases out of Gilpin County, hoping to provide guidance on whether a trial court could grant the prosecution’s contested request for a continuance with a tolli...

Colorado v. Figueroa-Lemus  
Date: June 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 59
Docket Number: 18SC572

Justia Opinion Summary: Both the State and respondent-defendant Eswin Figueroa-Lemus petitioned for review of the court of appeals’ judgment affirming the denial of the defendant’s motion to withdraw his guilty plea. Defendant, a lawful permane...

Colorado v. Wester-Gravelle  
Date: June 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 64
Docket Number: 18sc624

Justia Opinion Summary: De Etta Wester-Gravelle worked as a certified nursing assistant for a company called Interim Healthcare. During the time period in question, the company assigned her to care for a patient, W.M., who had suffered a stroke...

Archuleta v. Colorado  
Date: June 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 63
Docket Number: 19SC453

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant-respondent Sandra Archuleta took care of her four-month-old grandson, D.A., for one week. Several hours after D.A.’s mother picked him up, she returned to Archuleta’s home with D.A. Archuleta noticed that D.A....

Colorado v. Wheeler  
Date: June 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 65
Docket Number: 20SA115

Justia Opinion Summary: In an interlocutory appeal brought by the State, the issue presented for the Colorado Supreme Court's review was whether the district court correctly granted Walter Wheeler’s pretrial motion to suppress after finding tha...

Colorado v. Gutierrez  
Date: June 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 60
Docket Numbers: 20SA126, 20SA127

Justia Opinion Summary: Aldo Gabriel Gutierrez was driving a pickup truck, in which Julio Cesar Carrillo-Toledo was a passenger, on I-70 in Mesa County, Colorado. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Christian Bollen, who has extensive training in dru...

In re Title, Ballot Title & Submission Clause for 2019 (Initiative 293)  
Date: June 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 62
Docket Number: 20SA136

Justia Opinion Summary: Proponents-respondents Monica Vondruska and Jon Caldara submitted proposed Initiative #293 to the Title Board for the setting of a title and submission clause. Initiative #293 proposed to add section 22 to article X of t...

In re Title, Ballot Title & Submission Clause for 2019 (Initiative 315)  
Date: June 22, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 61
Docket Number: 20SA154

Justia Opinion Summary: Proponents-respondents Monica Vondruska and Jon Caldara submitted proposed Initiative #315 to the Title Board for the setting of a title and submission clause. Initiative #315 proposed to add section 22 to article X of t...

Hoggard v. Colorado  
Date: June 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 54
Docket Number: 17SC564

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Shawna Hoggard and her ex-husband Javier were in the midst of a child-custody dispute when she forwarded an email she received from Javier to their court-appointed child and family investigator containing "con...

Manjarrez v. Colorado  
Date: June 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 53
Docket Number: 18SC765

Justia Opinion Summary: Forty-five-year-old Richard Manjarrez hired his friends’ teenage daughter to clean his house. The girl’s parents had consented to the housecleaning arrangement because they considered Manjarrez a family friend and truste...

Sullivan v. Colorado  
Date: June 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 58
Docket Number: 18SC789

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Court of Appeals dismissed Christopher Sullivan's appeal, finding that it was barred by the plea proviso, rejecting Sullivan's claim the plea proviso did not apply because his appeal involved the manner in w...

Colorado v. Meagher  
Date: June 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 56
Docket Number: 19SA170

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado State Engineer, and the Division Engineer for Water Division 3 (the “Engineers”), brought claims against Nick Meagher for injunctive relief, civil penalties, and costs, arising from Meagher’s failure to subm...

Garcia v. Colorado Cab Co.  
Date: June 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 55
Docket Number: 19SC116

Justia Opinion Summary: A driver for Colorado Cab Company LLC (“Colorado Cab”) picked up an intoxicated Curt Glinton and one of Glinton’s friends. After stopping at their destination, the driver told Glinton the total fare. Glinton became upset...

Colorado v. Harrison  
Date: June 15, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 57
Docket Number: 19SC448

Justia Opinion Summary: Brittany Harrison was charged with possession of two controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. Before trial, she filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that she was entitled to immunity pursuant to section 18-1-711, C.R....

Campbell v. Colorado  
Date: June 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 49
Docket Number: 18SC144

Justia Opinion Summary: An expert from the Denver Crime Lab testified that a DNA sample taken from Brandon Campbell matched a DNA profile developed from a soda can found at a burglary scene, as well as a profile developed from a partially eaten...

Colorado in Interest of J.D.  
Date: June 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 48
Docket Number: 18SC41

Justia Opinion Summary: The State sought review of an appellate court's judgment reversing a district court order voiding a juvenile magistrate's ruling. The district court found that the juvenile magistrate lacked jurisdiction to grant J.D.’s...

Forest View Co. v. Town of Monument  
Date: June 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 52
Docket Number: 18SC793

Justia Opinion Summary: The Town of Monument (the “Town”) purchased a piece of property on which it planned to build a water tower. Neighboring property owners objected, arguing that the property was subject to a restrictive covenant limiting c...

Jacobs v. Colorado  
Date: June 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 50
Docket Number: 19SA106

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Steven Jacobs, Casas Limited Partnership #4, LLP, and IQ Investors, LLC (collectively, “Jacobs”) contended the water court erred in: (1) granting summary judgment to the State Engineer and the Division Engineer for W...

Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, Inc. v. Wagner  
Date: June 8, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 51
Docket Number: 19SC251

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from the 2015 mass shooting at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ (“PPRM’s”) Colorado Springs facility, which left three people dead and nine seriously injured. The issue narrowed for the Colorado...

Colorado in Interest of R.D.  
Date: June 1, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 44
Docket Number: 17SC116

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case case, which stemmed from a late-night argument on Twitter among several high school students, presented to the Colorado Supreme Court centered on the applicable framework for distinguishing a true thr...

Colorado v. Jones  
Date: June 1, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 45
Docket Number: 18SC445

Justia Opinion Summary: Andre Jones was convicted by jury of shooting and killing his estranged and pregnant wife. Although she died, medical personnel managed to deliver her severely injured baby. The jury found Jones guilty of many crimes rel...

Halaseh v. Colorado  
Date: June 1, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 35M
Docket Number: 18SC656

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner John Halaseh petitioned the Colorado Supreme Court to review a court of appeals' remand order to his underlying appeal, which directed the district court to enter four convictions for class 4 felony theft in p...

Richardson v. Colorado  
Date: June 1, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 46
Docket Number: 18SC686

Justia Opinion Summary: Gary Richardson was convicted by jury of multiple crimes. The jury venir included the trial judge's wife ("Juror 25"). During trial, the judge at times "casually tossed a spotlight" on his relationship to Juror 25: He jo...

In re the Marriage of Wollert  
Date: June 1, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 47
Docket Number: 20SA87

Justia Opinion Summary: This "highly contentious" marriage dissolution case had heretofore been active for more than fourteen years, and had an "astonishing" six hundred and fifty docket entries. Through it all, the parties had shown an utter u...

Colorado v. Espinoza  
Date: May 26, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 43
Docket Number: 17SC830

Justia Opinion Summary: The State petitioned for review the court of appeals' judgment reversing a trial court's imposition of consecutive sentences for respondent Martin Espinoza's ten convictions of attempted first degree murder of ten differ...

McCulley v. Colorado  
Date: May 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 40
Docket Number: 18SC577

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000, as part of a plea agreement, Brian Keith McCulley pled guilty to one count of second degree sexual assault under section 18-3-403(1)(a), C.R.S. (2000) (a class 4 felony), pursuant to a four-year deferred judgmen...

Destination Maternity v. Burren  
Date: May 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 41
Docket Number: 19SC298

Justia Opinion Summary: Susan Burren was injured at work, and she received temporary workers’ compensation benefits after her employer admitted liability. Many months passed, with many efforts to treat her injuries, but none of her authorized t...

In re Colorado v. Huckabay  
Date: May 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 42
Docket Number: 20SA31

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court has previously held a defendant was entitled to a preliminary hearing if charged with driving under the influence (DUI), a class four felony, where the defendant is held in custody on that char...

Yeadon v. Colorado  
Date: May 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 38
Docket Number: 18SC630

Justia Opinion Summary: Gerald Yeadon was convicted by jury of several charges, including possession of less than two grams of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a class 6 felony at the time. At his sentencing hearing, the trial court fa...

Russell v. Colorado  
Date: May 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 37
Docket Number: 18SC646

Justia Opinion Summary: Derrick Russell was sentenced to six years in community corrections for an offense in Douglas County, Colorado to be served concurrently with a three-year sentence incurred in Jefferson County. Before completing his conc...

Halaseh v. Colorado  
Date: May 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 35
Docket Number: 18SC656

Justia Opinion Summary: John Halaseh petitioned the Colorado Supreme Court for review of a court of appeals' remand order which directed the trial court to enter four convictions for class 4 felony theft in place of the single conviction of cla...

Waddell v. Colorado  
Date: May 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 39
Docket Number: 18SC905

Justia Opinion Summary: David Waddell pled guilty to: possession of a controlled substance, a level 1 drug felony; attempted aggravated robbery, a class 4 felony; and vehicular eluding, a class 5 felony. At Waddell’s combined sentencing hearing...

Colorado v. Clark  
Date: May 11, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 36
Docket Number: 20SA11

Justia Opinion Summary: The State sought interlocutory review of a trial court decision finding Bradley Clark was in custody so as to trigger "Miranda" when he made statements to law enforcement during the execution of a search warrant prior to...

Persichette v. Owners Ins. Co.  
Date: May 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 33
Docket Number: 19SA188

Justia Opinion Summary: William Persichette, through Franklin D. Azar & Associates, P.C., brought an underinsured-motorist (“UIM”) action against Owners Insurance Company (“Owners”) for allegedly handling his insurance claim unreasonably and in...

Colorado In Interest of G.S.S.  
Date: May 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 32
Docket Number: 19SC118

Justia Opinion Summary: After being charged, fourteen-year-old G.S.S. was detained for more than three months without bail, even though he had not entered a plea and had not been tried on the charges against him. At that point, G.S.S.’s counsel...

Griswold v. Ferrigno Warren  
Date: May 4, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 34
Docket Number: 20SA140

Justia Opinion Summary: Michelle Ferrigno Warren, a candidate for the United States Senate, was unable to collect the statutorily required 1,500 signatures in six of the seven required congressional districts. Ferrigno Warren argued that her na...

Amica Life Insurance Company v. Wertz  
Date: April 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 29
Docket Number: 19SA143

Justia Opinion Summary: The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals certified a question of law to the Colorado Supreme Court. The certified question arose from a dispute in which plaintiff Amica Life Insurance Company sought a declaratory judgment that...

Coke v. Colorado  
Date: April 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 28
Docket Number: 19SA272

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Pamela Coke was charged with sexual assault on a child. The prosecution filed this interlocutory appeal of the trial court’s order suppressing: (1) evidence obtained from Coke’s cell phone; and (2) certain stat...

Langer v. Board of County Commissioners  
Date: April 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 31
Docket Number: 19SC650

Justia Opinion Summary: This case and its companion, Yakutat Land Corp. v. Langer, 2020 CO 30, __ P.3d __, arose out of a contentious zoning dispute involving the propriety of constructing a gravity-based mountain roller coaster in a part of th...

Yakutat Land Corp. v. Langer  
Date: April 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 30
Docket Number: 19SC651

Justia Opinion Summary: This case and its companion, Langer v. Board of Larimer County Commissioners, 2020 CO 31, __ P.3d __, arose out of a contentious zoning dispute involving the propriety of constructing a gravity-based mountain roller coas...

Santa Maria Reservoir Co. v. Warner  
Date: April 20, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 27
Docket Number: 18SA244

Justia Opinion Summary: Santa Maria Reservoir Company (“SMRC” or the “Company”) was a mutual reservoir company responsible for storing and releasing water to its shareholders, who owned the right to use that water. SMRC’s water was stored in it...

Colorado v. Lujan  
Date: April 20, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 26
Docket Number: 18SC582

Justia Opinion Summary: Abel Lujan was charged with first-degree murder for the death of his girlfriend after she was found beaten and strangled behind a friend’s house. At trial, two women testified for the State about Lujan’s prior violent be...

Colorado v. Donald  
Date: April 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 24
Docket Number: 18SC684

Justia Opinion Summary: After Laron Donald was arrested and charged with a felony, the district court set bond and announced the next court date. Donald subsequently posted bond and was released from jail. The one-page bond provided that as a c...

In re Colorado v. DeGreat  
Date: April 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 25
Docket Number: 19SA252

Justia Opinion Summary: For nearly a year and a half, Edward DeGreat sat in prison awaiting a new trial after his earlier convictions were reversed. Colorado’s speedy trial statute, required that retrial after reversal take place within six mon...

In re Interrogatory on House Joint Resolution 20-1006  
Date: April 1, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 23
Docket Number: 20SA100

Justia Opinion Summary: The Colorado General Assembly unanimously adopted legislative rules that set the number of days to a legislative session to 120 days consecutively from the start of the regular session. The rules had one, single, narrow...

Colorado v. Lindsey  
Date: March 16, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 21
Docket Number: 18SC620

Justia Opinion Summary: William Lindsey persuaded six investors to advance roughly $3 million toward a new technology that he claimed would harness the energy of bioluminescent algae to light signs and panels. In soliciting these funds, Lindsey...

In re Colorado v. Rosas  
Date: March 16, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 22
Docket Number: 19SA242

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on an incident that occurred between January 3 and 4, 2018, the State of Colorado charged Paul Rosas with two counts of second degree assault on a peace officer (class 4 felonies), two counts of attempted second de...

Colorado v. Cali  
Date: March 9, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 20
Docket Number: 18SC406

Justia Opinion Summary: Osmundo Cali was charged with one count of theft of a thing of value of one thousand dollars or more but less than twenty thousand dollars, then a class four felony. In addition, he was charged with one count of theft by...

In the Matter of W. Bradley Betterton-Fike
Date: March 9, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 19
Docket Number: 19SA93
Colorado v. Ashford  
Date: March 2, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 16
Docket Number: 19SA226

Justia Opinion Summary: While searching Tony Ashford for weapons in the course of an investigatory stop, a police officer felt a pill bottle in Ashford’s pocket and asked him, “I know this is a pill bottle, what is it?” Ashford took the bottle...

Colorado v. Vanness  
Date: March 2, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 18
Docket Number: 19SA230

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Colorado Supreme Court's review was whether defendant Vernon Vanness had a right to demand and receive a preliminary hearing in light of: (1) he was charged with a level 4 drug felon...

Gale v. City & County of Denver  
Date: March 2, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 17
Docket Number: 19SA99

Justia Opinion Summary: The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals certified a question of Colorado law to the state Supreme Court. Plaintiff Franklin Gale was terminated from his job as a deputy sheriff with the Denver Sheriff’s Department. At the tim...

Howard v. Colorado  
Date: February 24, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 15
Docket Number: 18SC326

Justia Opinion Summary: Nevik Howard, when sixteen years old, was convicted of first-degree assault (a crime of violence) and first-degree criminal trespass after his case was transferred from juvenile court to district court. During the senten...

Colorado v. Berry  
Date: February 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 14
Docket Number: 17SC430

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, William Berry, who was at the time a deputy of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, obtained several firearms from the office evidence locker, gave one away, attempted to sell another, and kept two for himself. For...

Mook v. Bd. of Cty. Comm’rs  
Date: February 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 12
Docket Number: 18SC434

Justia Opinion Summary: The common issue from three property tax cases presented to the Colorado Supreme Court for review centered on what constituted "residential land" under 39-1-102(14.4)(a), C.R.S. (2019). In Colorado, residential land was...

Ziegler v. Park Cty. Bd. of Cty. Comm'rs  
Date: February 18, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 13
Docket Number: 19SC157

Justia Opinion Summary: This case asked the Colorado Supreme Court to construe the definition of residential land in section 39-1-102(14.4)(a), C.R.S. (2019). Stephen Ziegler (through the Stephen J. Ziegler Revocable Trust Dated July 17, 2008)...

Juarez v. Colorado  
Date: February 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 8
Docket Number: 17SC815

Justia Opinion Summary: Alfredo Juarez appealed the denial of his motion for postconviction relief. In 2012, Juarez pleaded guilty to one class 1 misdemeanor count of possessing a schedule V controlled substance, in exchange for the dismissal o...

Colorado in Interest of A.R.  
Date: February 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 10
Docket Number: 18SC919

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Colorado Supreme Court’s review centered on the contention of ineffective assistance of counsel in the context of a dependency and neglect proceeding. In 2016, petitioner A.R.’s (the...

In re Chessin v. Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel
Date: February 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 9
Docket Number: 19SA118
M.A.W. v. The People in Interest of A.L.W.  
Date: February 10, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 11
Docket Number: 19SC370

Justia Opinion Summary: In June 2016, shortly after the child’s birth, the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services initiated this case based on evidence that the child’s mother was using drugs and that both father and the child’...

In Re People in the interest of E.R.G.
Date: February 3, 2020
Docket Number: 19SA234
In re Marriage of Durie  
Date: January 27, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 7
Docket Number: 18SC772

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband Steven Durie brought a dissolution of marriage action in April 2014. He and his then-wife, Wife Kelly subsequently exchanged sworn financial statements, mandatory disclosures, and supplemental disclosures. In lin...

Parental Responsibilities Concerning W.C.  
Date: January 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 2
Docket Number: 18SC436

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother, Kimberly Nanke, filed a petition requesting an allocation of parenting responsibilities to her child, W.C. The trial court ultimately entered permanent parenting responsibility orders, granting Mother sole decisi...

Martinez v. Colorado  
Date: January 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 3
Docket Number: 18SC482

Justia Opinion Summary: After pleading guilty to Driving While Ability Impaired, Quinten Martinez was sentenced to jail and probation under section 42-4-1307, C.R.S. (2019). The county court twice revoked his probation and resentenced him. Mart...

In re Rademacher v. Greschler  
Date: January 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 4
Docket Number: 19SA129

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Carol Rademacher challenged a district court’s ruling that she impliedly waived her attorney-client privilege by filing a legal malpractice complaint close to the expiration of the two-year statute of limitatio...

In re Colorado v. Kilgore  
Date: January 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 6
Docket Number: 19SA191

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court in this case sua sponte ordered the parties to exchange exhibits thirty days before trial. The State charged Joshua Kilgore with two counts of felony sexual assault. In the minute order it issued follo...

Graham v. Executive Director of Colorado Department of Corrections  
Date: January 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 1
Docket Number: 19SA44

Justia Opinion Summary: In February 2018, plaintiff-appellant Jimmie Graham’s parole officer filed a complaint alleging that Graham had violated three conditions of his parole: changing his residence without permission; failing to report to the...

In re Ballot Title #74, & No.  
Date: January 13, 2020
Citation: 2020 CO 5
Docket Number: 19SA88

Justia Opinion Summary: In April 2019, Monica Colbert and Juliet Sebold sought to have titles set for eight ballot initiatives. Each of the proposed initiatives was designed to create an “Expanded Learning Opportunities Program” for Colorado ch...

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