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US states ask Supreme Court to issue definitive ruling on same-sex marriage
September 5, 2014
Thirty-two states asked the US Supreme Court on Thursday to issue a definitive ruling on same-sex marriage. Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the court to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn the bans. Seventeen states tha....... [more]

Judge rules Colorado ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional
July 25, 2014
A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Wednesday struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, but he elected to stay his ruling until August 25 pending an appeal to a higher court. Wednesday's ruling found in favor of six same-sex couples wh....... [more]

Concealed and Open Carry under the Second Amendment
July 17, 2014
06/26/2014: Federal judge upheld Colorado gun control laws 04/23/2014: Georgia governor signed bill expanding gun carry rights 03/31/2014: Federal judge ruled immigrants have same gun carrying rights as citizens 03/25/2014: Ninth Circuit upheld San Francisco gun control laws 02/13/2014: Nin....... [more]

Colorado same-sex marriage ban struck down
July 10, 2014
A judge for Colorado's Adams County District Court on Wednesday struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional but immediately stayed his ruling. Judge C Scott Crabtree ruled that Amendment 43 of Colorado's state constitution, which was passed by voters in 2006 and defines marriag....... [more]

Federal judge upholds Colorado gun control laws
June 27, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Thursday upheld two Colorado statutes that expanded mandatory background checks and banned high capacity magazines. CRS 18-12-302 and CRS 18-12-112 were challenged by a group of individuals and entities who claimed that....... [more]

Kerr v. Hickenlooper: Exploring the Tenth Circuit's Dubious Legal Reasoning
March 31, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Derek Muller of the Pepperdine University School of Law discusses the shaky legal foundations of the Tenth Circuit's recent decision in Kerr v. Hickenlooper ... A novel judicial opinion written on dubious legal grounds can serve as an empty vessel into which hopeful litigants....... [more]

Colorado high court allows attorneys to advise marijuana businesses
March 25, 2014
The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday ruled that lawyers can advise marijuana businesses in the state without fear of violating state attorney ethics laws. Since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana through a voter initiative in 2012, many attorneys have reportedly expressed concern over invol....... [more]

In the Light Most Favorable: A Wise Rule
February 26, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Hall of Hall & Sethi, PLC argues that the Virginia Supreme Court got it wrong in overturning the Virginia Tech wrongful death verdict...Following the Texas Tower massacre of August 1, 1966 at the University of Texas, the Columbine shootings in Colorado in 1999 and t....... [more]

Couples challenge Colorado same-sex marriage ban
February 20, 2014
Nine same-sex couples on Wednesday filed suit in a state court in Denver, Colorado challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The couples argued that the ban violates their constitutional rights of equal protection and due process. Amendment 43 of Colorado's state constitution, passed by vote....... [more]

Regulated Cannabis Markets Open; Institutional Barriers Crumble
February 2, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Reid Murdoch, University of Michigan Law School Class of 2016, explores the economic and political ramifications with recreational marijuana use being legalized in Colorado and Washington...The legalization of recreational cannabis by Colorado and Washington voters in November....... [more]

ACLU, terror suspect challenge NSA surveillence program
January 30, 2014
The Office of the Federal Public Defender of Colorado and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a motion on behalf of terror suspect Jamshid Muhtorov Wednesday to suppress evidence the National Security Agency (NSA) obtained from surveillance conducted pursuant to the FISA Amendments Act o....... [more]