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.
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.
Lawyers representing the Colorado Independent are bringing a troubling gap in Colorado jurisprudence to the attention of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Adams 14 school board pledged to do better when handling public comment. What they didn’t do, despite pressure, was apologize to the person they escorted out of their last meeting.
11 News has learned that all of the documents surrounding the case against a man facing murder charges for a decades-old cold case are hidden from the public.
Aurora City Council member Nicole Johnston wants the public to be heard earlier and longer. Johnston is balking at a proposal before city lawmakers to change city council meeting rules, which includes limiting public comment at city council meetings.
Two organizations are demanding the Adams 14 school board apologize for removing a vocal critic from a public meeting, after he insisted on calling out school officials by name in criticism officials characterized as “not constructive.”
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.
Court orders to suppress lawsuits and criminal cases in Colorado, as well as the legal reasons behind them, are to be made public under a new set of criteria being considered by the state’s Judicial Branch.
We don’t kid ourselves around the ol’ newspaper about the tenuous nature of legal notices being required to be published with us.