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Legal news from the Roaring Folk Valley. 

Treatment vs Incarceration

Nov 19, 2013
Ninth Judicial District - Colorado

  Earlier this year, an Aspen man was arrested after leading Sheriff’s deputies on a chase up Castle Creek Road.  He is accused of threatening to harm the deputies and himself.  At his first court appearance the defendant cursed the court and law enforcement officers yelling they should have killed him.  As Aspen Public Radio's Roger Adams reports, thanks to a new sentencing alternative he might be able to avoid incarceration. 

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The federal government yesterday (Thurs., 8-29-13) said it won’t sue to stop recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington. The news comes a little over a week after Garfield County commissioners voted to ban recreational marijuana businesses in certain areas of the county. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth spoke to one of the commissioners who voted in favor of the ban and filed this report.  

Garfield County Commissioner John Martin says the federal government’s latest stance on recreational marijuana has left him feeling somewhat confused.

Anita Hill, subject of the documentary Anita, directed by Oscar winning filmmaker Freida Mock. Anita Hill be in Aspen for a screening of the film at Paepcke Auditorium on Monday July 29th at 7pm as part of Aspen Films New Views documentary series.

Heavyweights in the security and intelligence world politely duked it out on stage yesterday. At the Aspen Institute’s annual security forum, the National Security Agency’s lead attorney defended a surveillance program. It one of those made public this summer by the now-famous former contractor Edward Snowden. On Thursday, longtime journalist and mediator Michael Isakoff got right to what has made it so controversial.

The 2013 edition of the Aspen Security Forum from the Aspen Institute is shaping up to be an engaging array of people, ideas and issues. Aspen Public Radio has you covered with live broadcasts from the series. If you miss a broadcast, Aspen Public Radio will provide archive podcasts on demand for you within 24 hours of each event.

Here's the current broadcast schedule for the Aspen Security Forum on Aspen Public Radio

Wednesday, July 17th at 6:00pm 

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Recreational pot users now know what to expect when marijuana retailers open their doors in 2014. Yesterday, Colorado state officials released details regarding the rules and regulations marijuana retailers must follow. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth reports.  

Right now, it’s legal to grow and possess certain amounts of pot for recreational use, but you’re not going to find it on the shelves of your corner convenience store quite yet.

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On Wednesday (6-26-13), the US Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act... a section that had denied certain federal benefits to same sex couples. The court said that language unconstitutionally discriminated against gays and lesbians. And the decision prompted strong reactions closer to home. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth reports.  

Aspen’s gay community is celebrating after yesterday’s landmark Supreme Court ruling.

Todd Chamberlin is on the board of directors for Aspen Out, a group that provides support and services to gays and lesbians.

Willian Hansen

 

A long running civil lawsuit filed by relatives of a family who died of carbon monoxide poisoning at an Aspen vacation home has been resolved. In 2008, Parker and Caroline Lofgren and their young children Owen and Sophie died at a home east of town. Since then, relatives, including the kids’ grandparents, have been in and out of the courtroom. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

They sued several parties involved with building and maintaining the home. William Hansen is the family’s attorney.

Immigration lawyers around Colorado are warning their clients of a special kind of fraud. Every time there’s a change in immigration law, or a potential change, notarios pop up. Notarios offer cheap services to those in the immigrant community, and make promises to get things like work permits and visas. In the end though, many immigrants end up scammed out of their money, sometimes deported or sent to jail. That’s what happened to Virginia Mancinas. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.
 

211 Crew in the Valley

Apr 11, 2013
Photo from the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups

The murder of Colorado’s head of corrections last month is being blamed on a member of the white supremacist prison gang known as the 211 Crew.  Police killed the suspect but a manhunt continues for another 211 member who remains at large and might be involved.  The gang was formed in the Denver County Jail in the 1990’s and since then some of it’s members have found their way to the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen Public Radio's Roger Adams reports.

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