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Discriminatory Juror Strike Reverses a 1997 Attempted Murder Conviction

A February state Supreme Court ruling that a juror was dismissed for improper reasons sent a 1997 rape and attempted murder case back to trial.
Judge Raymond Jones

Judge Raymond Jones and the House He Built

Last year, Historic Denver made the home of former Judge Raymond Jones into a landmark. While Jones didn’t build that house himself, he laid another brick by brick — a house that had a perpetually open door to the state judiciary and broader legal system.
Edwin Hackley

Edwin Hackley’s Legacy ‘Battling Racism and Second-Class Status’

Edwin Hackley, Colorado's first Black lawyer, struggled to build a local practice but used his voice in publishing to speak out against racism.

The Colorado Cannibal: The Story of Alferd Packer

Alferd Packer, also known as the Colorado Cannibal and the “Man-Eater,” remains a popular state figure but was denied a posthumous pardon.
Benjamin Ratcliff

The Park County Murderer: ‘The Most Brutal and Unprovoked Murder Ever Known in Park...

Benjamin Ratcliff was hanged in February 1896 for murdering three school board members in “the most brutal and unprovoked murder ever known in Park County,” according to the New Castle News.
Zita Weinshienk

The First Woman on the Federal Bench in Colorado

In 1979, Zita Weinshienk became the first woman to sit on the federal bench in the state and she broke many glass ceilings.
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Wilbur Alter’s Biggest Alter[ations]

Wilbur Alter is best known as a justice of the Colorado Supreme Court for two terms between 1928 and 1957.
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2011 Denver Murder Ends in 2017 Guilty Plea

Travis Forbes was sentenced to life in prison for the assault on and murder of Monge, plus 48 years to be served consecutively for the crimes against Tillman.
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The 1927 ‘Insurrection’ in Two Colorado Counties That Led to a ‘Voluminous’ Legal Battle

In 1927, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado granted the release of men involved in an armed clash in Weld and Boulder counties later deemed an “insurrection.” A 1928 appeal in the case was dismissed.
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JonBenet Ramsey: The Famous Colorado Murder That Spawned a Flurry of Lawsuits

The murder of JonBenet Ramsey has been the subject of numerous TV specials, books, magazine spreads, documentaries and podcast episodes.