Prosecutors in Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties have implemented changes to reduce the number of felony cases that are suppressed from the public, and concede the process will help them learn just how many of the restricted cases they actually have.
Thousands of court cases across Colorado — hundreds of them involving violent felonies — are hidden from public view, concealed behind judges’ orders that can remain in effect for years, The Denver Post has found.
El Paso County Coroner Robert Bux is asking a court to shield autopsy reports of Deputy Micah Flick and auto theft suspect Manuel Zetina, killed in a police shootout on Feb. 5, after the Colorado Springs Independent and the Colorado Springs Gazette sought them under the Colorado Open Records Act.
As you may have heard, Indy editor Susan Greene was handcuffed and detained by two Denver cops in front of the state Capitol for — and I can’t emphasize this enough — simply trying to do her job and for nothing more.
The Denver Police Department says it has opened an internal investigation into an incident in which The Colorado Independent’s Editor Susan Greene was handcuffed and detained after attempting to document a police interaction on Colfax Avenue.
After facing mounting pressure from the public and two filed open-records requests, the Glenwood Springs City Council unanimously approved releasing the bid estimates associated with the 7th Street Beautification Project.
I parked and was using my iPhone to shoot pictures of the scene when Denver Police Officer James Brooks, badge No. 07030, blocked me, then got in my face and told me to stop. I said it was a public sidewalk and that I had the right to take photos. He said I didn’t.
Brown’s closed-door settlement is one of many. The approval reportedly came the day The Gazette previously reported that the council has doled out about $5.4 million in secret meetings to settle a string of cases including racial and gender discrimination. And it came after multiple council members expressed their unease with the process for settling high-dollar cases and said they want to make a change.
Properties that are 5 acres or less will pay the stormwater fee without any adjustment for impermeable surface, while those larger than 5 acres will be charged fees determined by the city’s stormwater manager based on impermeable surface. And the latter charges will be kept secret, the city confirms, even though Mayor John Suthers assured the Independent before the measure passed that the records would be transparent.
Fenton’s notes and the reports of two other psychiatrists who examined Holmes were made public for the first time when former 18th Judicial District Chief Judge Carlos Samour unsealed them. Samour unsealed the documents after The Denver Post filed a motion to release them.