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Douglas County school board majority disputes claim they violated open meetings law

A new court filing from attorneys for the Douglas County School Board argues that directors didn’t ask former superintendent Corey Wise to resign and maintains one-on-one conversations do not violate the Colorado Open Meetings Law ...
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Disciplinary information rarely considered in decisions on judge retention

Colorado’s system of judicial discipline is so secret that the state’s nearly two dozen performance review commissions that evaluate judges have rarely known for sure whether a jurist they recommended voters keep on the bench had a record of misconduct or not ...
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Whistleblower protected by state law also limited by it

In the last two years, lawmakers gave public employees more protection to blow the whistle on workplace health and safety concerns. But a case that started during COVID has revealed that workers who speak up may be protected up to a point ...
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DougCo sheriff closes school board perjury investigation

Attorneys for DougCo school board directors Mike Peterson and Christy Williams said that the DougCo sheriff’s department closed their investigation into whether their clients lied under oath during a March preliminary injunction hearing ...
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Colorado pays $387K to resolve CDPHE whistleblower lawsuit from state’s former disease control chief

Colorado paid $387,000 in an attempt to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit filed against the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment by the state’s former disease control and public health response chief, who alleged he was fired in 2020 after disclosing the agency had mismanaged federal HIV money ...
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Editorial: Lack of accountability and transparency led to the Aurora police calamity; it’s still the problem

Besides the inarguable fact that too many Aurora police officers have used abusive, sometimes deadly force against residents here during the past several years, the very core of Aurora’s police problem has long been transparency and accountability ...
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Law groups are united that judicial discipline process needs greater transparency

A half dozen professional groups tied to the legal profession each recommended to a state legislative committee that Colorado’s current judicial discipline system should be more robust, transparent and accountable to the public ...
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In court filing, Douglas County school board lawyers say leaders didn’t ask former superintendent to resign

In a court filing, the attorney for the Douglas County school board disputed that their clients asked their then-superintendent to resign, and they urged a judge to allow the case to proceed to a January trial ...
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Discipline commission says state court administrator falsely accused it of withholding information

Colorado’s state court administrator – the highest civilian position in the Judicial Department – last year falsely claimed judicial discipline officials failed to reveal they had admonished a district court judge of misbehavior before the judge was admitted to a senior judge program, the state’s discipline commission said in a letter filed with legislators ...
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Judicial Discipline Commissions says Supreme Court lied, misled, misinformed public during probe

The revelation is among several the discipline commission makes in the filing, an 11-page letter to the legislative committee supported by a pair of 12-page appendices that alleges a systemic process of coverup, obfuscation and, in some cases, outright falsehoods by the Judicial Department in its sustained effort to stall the commission’s investigative work ...
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