Carroll: Lack of judicial transparency in Colorado is intolerable but there is hope

Suppression orders aren’t the only way courts prevent citizens from monitoring their activities. Another threat — thanks to a deplorable ruling this year by the Colorado Supreme Court — is the nearly unlimited authority of judges to bar public access to court documents without so much as offering a legal justification, even in a capital murder case of intense public interest that was sullied by prosecutorial misconduct.

Colorado Independent takes open records fight to SCOTUS

The Colorado Independent took its fight for open records to the United States Supreme Court. The Denver-based nonprofit news outlet, represented pro-bono by First Amendment attorney Steve Zansberg and the law firm of Ballard Spahr, filed a 112-page petition asking the high court to review a unanimous June ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court that denied the Independent’s request to unseal court records related to prosecutorial misconduct in the capital case against Colorado death-row inmate Sir Mario Owens.

ICE way behind on processing FOIA requests, federal case in Denver shows

A local civil rights organization has taken Immigration and Customs Enforcement to federal court for failing to fulfill open records requests in a timely manner. The case against ICE, which is being heard in Denver and has been brought forward by the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, centers around the agency’s processing of Freedom of Information Act requests.