SUNRISE: See Colorado Court of Appeals in action

Staff reports Updated: February 12, 2013 at 12:00 am • Published: February 12, 2013

The Colorado Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in two cases Tuesday at Mitchell High School before an audience of students. The public also is invited to attend.

The visit is part of the Colorado Judicial Branch’s Courts in the Community, the outreach program the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals initiated on Law Day (May 1), 1986.

The Courts in the Community program was developed to give Colorado high school students firsthand experience in how the Colorado judicial system works and illustrate how disputes are resolved in a democratic society. These are not mock proceedings.

The proceedings begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at Mitchell High School, 1205 Potter Dr. A question-and-answer session with attorneys will follow the arguments in each
case. At the conclusion of the second argument, the students also will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with the Court of Appeals judges.

There will be a limited number of seats for the public. Audio recordings from the two
arguments will be available online within one to two days of the arguments at
http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_Of_Appeals/Oral_Arguments/Index.cfm.

 

WEATHER

Expect sunny skies and a high near 36 on Tuesday, the National Weather Service says. Tonight it will be partly cloudy with a low around 14 under clear skies.

 

AROUND COLORADO

CO Senate give final approval to civil unions

DENVER (AP) — Civil unions for same-sex Colorado couples have cleared the state Senate for a third and possibly final time.

The Senate approved civil unions 21-14 without debate. All Democrats voted for the legal recognition for gay partners. Republican Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango joined them. The other 14 Republicans voted no.

Monday's vote is expected to be the curtain call for civil unions in the state Senate. That's because the House is now under Democratic control and is likely to approve the measure, sending it to the governor's desk. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has said he plans to sign civil unions into law.

Civil unions would grant gay couples rights similar to marriage. More than a dozen states allow either civil unions or gay marriage. Colorado's constitution bans gay marriage.

Missile launched carrying Colorado experiment

DENVER (AP) — A missile carrying a Colorado experiment has been launched from California.

The missile launched on Monday is carrying the Operational Land Imager built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, along with other experiments.

The satellite will support monitoring of coastal waters and detect previously hard to see cirrus clouds that could affect monitoring of the Earth's surface.

Bill would pay those wrongfully convicted

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — Some state lawmakers from Denver are working on a bill that would give financial compensation to people wrongfully convicted of crimes.

One of the sponsors, Democratic Rep. Dan Pabon, told The Daily Sentinel (http://bit.ly/X2VOeZ ) that the bill was inspired by the case of Robert Dewey. He spent 18 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of murdering a Palisade woman. He was freed last year after new DNA evidence cleared him.

In 2008, Timothy Masters was released after serving 10 years for killing a Fort Collins woman. He won a $10 million settlement for his wrongful conviction.

The bill would allow the wrongfully convicted to collect up to $60,000 for every year they served behind bars.

It's set to be introduced this week.

Holloman AFB officer killed in ski accident

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AP) — A man killed in a ski accident in Colorado last weekend was an officer at New Mexico's Holloman Air Force Base.

Air Force officials say 27-year-old First Lt. Arthur M. Glaz was the vehicle management flight commander with the 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Holloman.

He reportedly was skiing down an intermediate trail when he struck a tree Friday in Keystone.

According to the Summit County Coroner's Office, Glaz was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

He served more than three years in the Air Force and had been stationed at Holloman since July 2012.

Glaz originally is from Palos Hills, Ill. A memorial ceremony is scheduled Tuesday in the Holloman Chapel.

Glaz's funeral is set for Feb. 16 in Chicago.

Accused Douglas County sheriff's deputy fired

CASTLE ROCK (AP) — Douglas County sheriff's officials have fired a deputy who was suspended during an investigation into inappropriate text messages involving a juvenile.

Robert M. French was arrested Friday on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child and was freed after posting a $50,000 bond. The sheriff's office said he was terminated Monday for department policy violations and alleged criminal conduct.

Details of the alleged conduct haven't been released, but Sgt. Ron Hanavan has said it occurred while French was off duty.

French has an unlisted phone number and couldn't be reached for comment. Sheriff's officials didn't know whether he has an attorney who could comment for him.

Man pleads guilty to theft in Greeley foreclosures

GREELEY (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to his role in an alleged scam that led to dozens of foreclosures in Greeley, Colo.

Russell Dunlap, of West Grove, pleaded guilty Monday to a theft count. Prosecutors in Weld County say he is scheduled to be sentenced April 8.

Dunlap was one of three people charged after foreclosures in the Owl Ridge development. Timothy Davis, of Lacey, Wash., pleaded guilty last year to a theft charge and was sentenced to three years in prison. Kawika Morelli, of Englewood, Colo., is charged with five theft counts and five counts of forgery. Morelli hasn't entered a plea yet.

Investigators allege the three worked together to artificially inflate home prices between 2006 and 2008, which they say led to dozens of foreclosures.

Former Boulder officer pleads guilty to stalking

BOULDER (AP) — A former Boulder police officer accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend and plotting to kill her new boyfriend has reached a plea deal, just before he was to stand trial.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/VQVzmP) Christian McCracken pleaded guilty Monday to one count of felony stalking. He is due to be sentenced April 15. McCracken also pleaded guilty in an unrelated case to a misdemeanor drug possession charge and received a deferred sentence.

McCracken was arrested in the stalking case after his roommate said McCracken had talked of planning to kill the new boyfriend before committing suicide. At the time, McCracken was on medical leave after sustaining a head injury when a suspect assaulted him in 2011.

McCracken has resigned from the police department.

Judge ruled on cases involving brother's employer

DENVER (AP) — A report says a First Judicial District judge whose brother was formerly an executive at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center has ruled in medical malpractice cases involving the hospital.

KMGH-TV in Denver reports (http://bit.ly/12H8LSo ) that court records and social network information suggest Judge Christopher Munch presided over at least four malpractice cases against Exempla Lutheran between 2000 and 2009, when his brother, David, was its chief operating and then chief clinical and quality officer.

KMGH reports Munch told the television station that if he didn't disclose that his brother worked for Exempla Lutheran, it's wrong.

It's not clear if plaintiffs who might have perceived a conflict of interest have any recourse, partly because the time period for appeals has passed.

CU student accused of DUI, eluding an officer

BOULDER (AP) — A University of Colorado student suspected of driving on a sidewalk, a lawn on campus, and then U.S 36, where her vehicle lost a wheel and struck a median, has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Campus police arrested 22-year-old Jennifer Nicole Greer early Monday on suspicion of charges including DUI, vehicular eluding, and various traffic offenses. She is listed as an ecology and evolutionary biology major at CU.

No injuries were reported.

The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/Xses2J) this is Greer's third DUI arrest in Boulder, with the earlier cases ending with plea deals.

Colo. Democrats' gun-control bills get first votes

DENVER (AP) — New ammunition limits and more background checks on firearm purchases will be under consideration as Colorado Democrats start pushing gun proposals after the mass shootings at an Aurora theater and a Connecticut elementary school.

The House Judiciary committee is expected to take its first votes on the proposals Tuesday. One bill would make it a crime to have or sell large-capacity gun magazines. Another proposal would require background checks on private gun sales.

Opponents have raised questions about how either proposal would be implemented.

The bills are part of a package of proposals Democrats announced last week. Democrats have already rejected Republican ideas to reduce gun violence, including a bill to allow school employees to carry concealed weapons.

Bill would protect social media privacy

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill to protect social media privacy by banning employers from requiring passwords to personal accounts.

A bill up for its first hearing Tuesday in a House committee would prohibit required disclosure of personal passwords or account information on social networking sites such as Facebook.

The bill does not prohibit companies from looking at Facebook pages or punishing employees for what they post on their personal sites. But the bill prohibits required password disclosure of personal accounts.

In their effort to vet job applicants, some companies have started asking for passwords to log into a prospective employee's accounts on social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Critics call it an invasion of privacy.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1554, Lady Jane Grey, who’d claimed the throne of England for nine days, and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were beheaded after being condemned for high treason.

In 1818, Chile officially proclaimed its independence, more than seven years after initially renouncing Spanish rule.

In 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded.

In 1912, Pu Yi (poo yee), the last emperor of China, abdicated, marking the end of the Qing Dynasty.

In 1915, the cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, D.C., a year to the day after groundbreaking.

In 1924, George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” premiered in New York.

In 1940, the radio play “The Adventures of Superman” debuted with Bud Collyer as the Man of Steel.

In 1959, the redesigned Lincoln penny — with an image of the Lincoln Memorial replacing two ears of wheat on the reverse side — went into circulation.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a reception at the White House. A Northwest Orient Airlines Boeing 720 broke up during severe turbulence and crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 43 people aboard.

In 1973, Operation Homecoming began as the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict took place.

In 1993, in a crime that shocked and outraged Britons, two 10-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, lured 2-year-old James Bulger from his mother at a shopping mall near Liverpool, England, then beat him to death. (Thompson and Venables were kept in custody before being paroled in 2001 at age 18; Venables was jailed in 2010 for possessing and distributing child pornography.)

In 1999, the Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice.

  

HAPPENINGS

-- Air Force Academy Concert Band Series, 7:30 p.m., Colorado College, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free.

 


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