Legal Lasso: Denver’s Cold Case Demographics Leave Some Experts Confused

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Cold Case Stats
Cold cases are being closed more frequently, thanks to breakthroughs in DNA technology, but Denver has an unusual statistic: Roughly 60% of cold cases involved people of color, while experts say such numbers usually mirror an area’s demographics.

At the Capitol
The debate over a transportation bill is highlighting controversy about a ban on earmarking “member designated projects.”

Case of the Year Finalists
Each year, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association gives an award recognizing the Case of the Year. We spotlight the three finalists that have moved the needle on social issues through litigation.

A Reminder About Amache
Coloradans in Congress are pursuing two bills that would turn the Amache Japanese internment site into a national historic site. This article provides a reminder on what those detained there experienced. (Denver Post)

Defining Climate Justice
Activists have long made fixing environmental injustices a central part of their fight against climate change. But what exactly is “climate justice”?



House Approves Jan. 6 Commission
The House voted Wednesday to approve legislation to establish an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, despite key Republicans standing in the way.

Judges Refuse to Release Rioters
Judges around the country have been unpersuaded by arguments from Capitol rioters that they should be released before trial because they were acting under the direction of former President Donald Trump.

Insurance Agents Sue Allstate
An association of insurance agents for Allstate is suing the company for breach of contract. The agents say the company interfered with potential sales of agents’ book of business, which collectively cost them millions.

Texas Governor Signs Abortion Ban
While some are looking at the U.S. Supreme Court for a potential path to challenge Roe v. Wade, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that bans almost all abortions.

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