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Associated Press Updated: July 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm 0

GAY MARRIAGE-COLORADO

Judge mulls overturning Colorado gay marriage ban

DENVER (AP) — A Denver federal judge is hearing arguments from lawyers for six gay couples seeking to overturn Colorado's same-sex marriage ban.

The couples are asking for an injunction declaring the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, allowing clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Attorney General John Suthers isn't opposing the injunction. But if Judge Raymond P. Moore blocks the law, Suthers is asking that the ruling be put on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court settles the issue.

At the outset, Moore pointed out that Utah's gay marriage ban is still in effect even though a Denver-based federal appeals court has ruled against it. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals put its decision on hold while it's appealed to the Supreme Court.

COLORADO SHOOTING

Taping of James Holmes sanity exam mulled in court

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A judge in the Colorado theater shooting cases says he will rule this week on whether a doctor will be allowed to videotape the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes.

Defense attorneys objected to the videotaping, saying the law doesn't authorize video and that research shows it affects patients' responses.

An unidentified psychiatrist who will conduct the evaluation testified by telephone Tuesday during the start of a two-day hearing. He said that the videotaping would be unobtrusive and his experience shows that having a video record of exams outweighs any negative effects.

Other matters to be discussed during the hearing are efforts by the defense to bar some expert testimony about chemicals, metals and firearms.

PERSONHOOD-COLORADO

Opponents of personhood amendment launch campaign

DENVER (AP) — Opponents of the latest version of a proposed personhood amendment for Colorado are vowing to defeat the measure they say would ban abortion and commonly used forms of birth control, like the Pill.

Officials from Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado and the American Civil Liberties Union were among those who spoke at a rally at the state Capitol on Tuesday kicking off the campaign against Amendment 67.

It would add fetuses to those protected by the state's criminal and wrongful death act. It's also called the Brady Amendment, after the unborn baby who died after his mother was hit by a drunken driver.

UBER-POLICE APOLOGY

Denver police apologize for UberX traffic stop

(Information in the following story is from: KMGH-TV, http://www.thedenverchannel.com)

DENVER (AP) — Denver's police chief is apologizing to a Seattle man for his interaction with an officer who stopped the UberX car that was giving him a ride to the airport.

Colorado legislators passed a law this year to implement a regulatory structure for ride-sharing companies like UberX, which use cellphone apps to connect riders to drivers using their personal vehicles.

KMGH-TV reports that a police officer told Seattle resident Dave Cook that the service he was using was illegal in Colorado. The officer had pulled over the vehicle for allegedly speeding.

Cook wrote about his experience for the online newsletter "GeekWire." He says the officer asked him for his driver's license, which Cook said seemed "totally inappropriate."

Police Chief Robert White apologized to Cook in a letter and says his office is investigating.

MESA COUNTY SHERIFF

Mesa investigator new GOP sheriff's candidate

(Information in the following story is from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A Mesa County Sheriff's Office sergeant is new Republican candidate for sheriff following the departure of Sen. Steve King from the race.

The Daily Sentinel reports that the county party's vacancy committee picked 39-year-old Matt Lewis to be their new candidate Monday, beating out two other candidates.

Lewis is in charge of handling complex crimes for the office, where he has worked for 17 years.

King dropped out of the race last week following allegations that he falsified a timecard while working part-time at the sheriff's office.

Lewis will run against some unaffiliated candidates but no Democrats are running.

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