Judiciary (system of justice)

Judge Wilson declines to use Archuleta County offices for court proceedings

A district court judge said thanks but no thanks to Archuleta County commissioners’ offer to use their administration building in lieu of the county courthouse, which the judicial branch vacated in...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado judge says juvenile sentencing law unconstitutional

DENVER – A Colorado judge has ruled that a law allowing convicts serving life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles to seek reduced sentences is unconstitutional. Arapahoe Chief District...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Catholic leaders decry Dems’ questioning of judicial pick

WASHINGTON – Roman Catholic leaders are objecting to Democratic senators’ line of questioning for one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, arguing the focus on her faith is misplaced and...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Judges question whether Trump’s travel ban discriminates

SEATTLE – Federal judges on Monday peppered a lawyer for President Donald Trump with questions about whether the administration’s travel ban discriminates against Muslims, the second time in a week...

DATE: May 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Sale of Montezuma courthouse leaves Bridge shelter in limbo

The Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez could face its own emergency this year, as Montezuma County commissioners recently put its location up for sale. The decision to sell the Montezuma County...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jury duty cut short when defendant appears missing

Dozens of potential jurors were dismissed early Thursday in La Plata County Court when the defendant appeared to be a no-show for his drunken driving trial. The only problem: The defendant was...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge knocks 2 years off former exterminator’s 21-year prison sentence

Out-going President Barack Obama might be in the mood for issuing pardons and commutations, but Chief District Judge Jeffrey Wilson in Durango is having none of it – at least not in the case of a...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chief District Court judge skates to the finish line in Durango

Speed skaters need supreme balance, principled discipline and a precise application of power to glide across the ice in record time. The same can be said of district court judges who oversee civil...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two 6th Judicial District judges face retention votes

Two district court judges are standing for retention this November in the 6th Judicial District , which includes Archuleta, San Juan and La Plata counties. They are Jeffrey Wilson and William...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Six vying for open judgeship in 6th Judicial District

Six candidates have applied for an open judgeship in the 6th Judicial District, which includes Archuleta, San Juan and La Plata counties. The candidates are Jodie L. Behrmann of Grand Junction;...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

6th Judicial District chief judge retiring

After 20 years as a 6th Judicial District Judge, Gregory Lyman, well-known for his impartiality, will retire in January. “He’s going to be sorely missed by the citizens of the 6th Judicial,” said...

DATE: July 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Analysis Obama’s sacrificial lamb High-court pick to face long odds

WASHINGTON – Wanted: Top legal mind with Supreme Court aspirations, to serve as a national political football. Candidate must be camera-ready and prepared for disappointment. Contact Barack Obama....

DATE: Feb. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World