Featured News http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=36343 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/A8R2vPCksMw/ Updates Colorado Supreme Court Criminal Jury Instructions criminal law jury instructions Colorado Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee Released 2017 Update Report On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the Colorado Supreme Court Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee released its 2017 update report. The report details updates to the Model Criminal Jury Instructions for 2017, including those based on changes in case law from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Colorado Supreme Court, and the Colorado Court of Appeals. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:27:12 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/colorado-model-criminal-jury-instructions-committee-released-2017-update-report/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"><p>On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the Colorado Supreme Court Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee released its 2017 update report. The report details updates to the Model Criminal Jury Instructions for 2017, including those based on changes in case law from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Colorado Supreme Court, and the Colorado Court of Appeals. There were also changes to instructions based on non-final court of appeals decisions for which certiorari petitions are pending.</p> <p>The Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee advised in its update that although the committee intends to keep the jury instructions current by providing annual updates, the updates are not fully vetted by the committee and therefore will not necessarily be included in the official jury instructions. The committee further advised, &#8220;The Reporter’s summaries are purely descriptive; they do not include recommendations for how (or whether) to draft jury instructions based on the authorities that are summarized.&#8221;</p> <p>For the full text of the committee&#8217;s 2017 update, click here. For the Colorado Jury Instructions for Criminal Trials, <a href="https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Supreme_Court/Committees/Committee.cfm?Committee_ID=9" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/A8R2vPCksMw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/colorado-model-criminal-jury-instructions-committee-released-2017-update-report/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/colorado-model-criminal-jury-instructions-committee-released-2017-update-report/ 2017-02-02 16:27 +00:00 2017-02-02 09:27 -07:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=36286 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/-aNjDDNHKPg/ Legislation criminal law health law juvenile law legislation mental health SB 17-021 SB 17-021: Establishing a Program for Support of Mentally Ill Persons when Released from Department of Corrections On January 11, 2017, Sen. Beth Humenik and Rep. Jonathan Singer introduced SB 17-021, "Concerning Reentry Services for Persons with Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation." Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:16:54 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/sb-17-021-establishing-program-support-mentally-ill-persons-released-department-corrections/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"><p>On January 11, 2017, Sen. Beth Humenik and Rep. Jonathan Singer introduced <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2017A/bills/2017A_021_01.pdf" target="_blank">SB 17-021</a>, &#8220;Concerning Reentry Services for Persons with Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation.&#8221;</p> <blockquote><p><b>Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems.</b></p> <p>The bill directs the division of housing in the department of local affairs to establish a program to provide vouchers and supportive services to persons with a mental illness who are being released from the department of corrections (DOC) or jails. The program is funded by general fund appropriations and from money unspent by the division of criminal justice (CDPS) for community corrections programs in the previous fiscal year.</p> <p>The bill directs the behavioral health unit in the department of human services, in conjunction with the DOC, to implement reentry programs to assist persons with a mental illness who are transitioning from incarceration. If necessary, the programs may receive money from the community corrections appropriation to CDPS.</p> <p>The bill appropriates $2.7 million to the department of local affairs.</p></blockquote> <p>The bill was introduced in the Senate and assigned to the Judiciary Committee. It is scheduled for hearing in committee on February 15 at 1:30 p.m.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/-aNjDDNHKPg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/sb-17-021-establishing-program-support-mentally-ill-persons-released-department-corrections/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/sb-17-021-establishing-program-support-mentally-ill-persons-released-department-corrections/ 2017-02-02 16:16 +00:00 2017-02-02 09:16 -07:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=36277 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/zNeBrFMOxic/ Legislation criminal law habitual criminal legislation SB 17-010 sentencing SB 17-010: Revising the Habitual Criminal Sentencing Statutes On January 11, 2017, Sen. Daniel Kagan introduced SB 17-010, "Concerning the Identification of Habitual Criminals for Sentencing Purposes." Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:16:22 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/sb-17-010-revising-habitual-criminal-sentencing-statutes/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"><p>On January 11, 2017, Sen. Daniel Kagan introduced <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2017A/bills/2017A_010_01.pdf" target="_blank">SB 17-010</a>, &#8220;Concerning the Identification of Habitual Criminals for Sentencing Purposes.&#8221;</p> <blockquote><p>Current law provides that, with certain exceptions, every person convicted of any class 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 felony or level 1, 2, or 3 drug felony who, within 10 years of the date of the commission of the felony, has been twice previously convicted of a felony or a crime which, if committed within this state, would be a felony is an habitual criminal and shall receive an aggravated sentence. The bill states that:</p> <ul> <li>A conviction for any class 4, 5, or 6 felony may not be used for the purpose of adjudicating a person as an habitual criminal unless the conviction was for a crime of violence; and</li> <li>A conviction for any level 2, 3, or 4 drug felony may not be used for the purpose of adjudicating a person as an habitual criminal.</li> </ul> </blockquote> <p>The bill was introduced in the Senate and assigned to the Judiciary Committee. It is scheduled for hearing in committee on February 1, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/zNeBrFMOxic" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/sb-17-010-revising-habitual-criminal-sentencing-statutes/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/sb-17-010-revising-habitual-criminal-sentencing-statutes/ 2017-02-02 16:16 +00:00 2017-02-02 09:16 -07:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=36340 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/cwx85Eqy_I8/ Case Law Colorado Court of Appeals Colorado Court of Appeals: Announcement Sheet, 2/2/2017 On Thursday, February 2, 2017, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and 26 unpublished opinions. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:14:43 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/colorado-court-appeals-announcement-sheet-222017/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"><p>On Thursday, February 2, 2017, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and 26 unpublished opinions.</p> <p>Neither State Judicial nor the Colorado Bar Association provides case summaries for unpublished appellate opinions. The case announcement sheet is <a href="https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_Of_Appeals/Case_Announcements/Files/2017/9C980602-02-17.pdf" target="_blank">available here</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/cwx85Eqy_I8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/colorado-court-appeals-announcement-sheet-222017/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/colorado-court-appeals-announcement-sheet-222017/ 2017-02-02 16:14 +00:00 2017-02-02 09:14 -07:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=36338 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/qxjCKIjUvKI/ Case Law 10th Circuit Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 2/1/2017 On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and two unpublished opinions. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:13:00 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-212017/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"><p>On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and two unpublished opinions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/16/16-6245.pdf" target="_blank"><em>United States v. Fletcher</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/16/16-3282.pdf" target="_blank"><em>United States v. McGuire</em></a></p> <p>Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are <a href="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/tag/10th-circuit/">summarized and provided by Legal Connection</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/qxjCKIjUvKI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-212017/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-212017/ 2017-02-02 16:13 +00:00 2017-02-02 09:13 -07:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=36333 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/CZFW7Wgip8c/ Updates 10th Circuit court appointments judge appointments U.S. Supreme Court Judge Neil Gorsuch of 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Nominated to U.S. Supreme Court On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the president nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court occasioned by Justice Scalia's death. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:26:54 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/judge-neil-gorsuch-10th-circuit-court-appeals-nominated-u-s-supreme-court/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"><p><a href="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/judge-neil-gorsuch-10th-circuit-court-appeals-nominated-u-s-supreme-court/gorsuch/" rel="attachment wp-att-36334"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-36334" src="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Gorsuch.png" alt="" width="246" height="275" srcset="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Gorsuch.png 246w, http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Gorsuch-134x150.png 134w" sizes="(max-width: 246px) 100vw, 246px" /></a>On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the president nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court occasioned by Justice Scalia&#8217;s death.</p> <p>Judge Gorsuch was appointed to the 10th Circuit in 2006 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Prior to his appointment to the 10th Circuit, Judge Gorsuch was the principal deputy to the associate attorney general and acting associate attorney general at theU.S. Department of Justice from 2005-2006, an attorney in private practice from 1995-2005, a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy from 1994-1995, and a law clerk to Hon. David B. Sentelle of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1991-1992. Judge Gorsuch received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1991 and his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in 1988. He also has a doctorate degree in philosophy, which he received from Oxford University in 1994.</p> <p>Judge Gorsuch has been compared to the late Justice Scalia, in part because of his writing style. Judge Gorsuch tends to stray from the typical judicial opinion format of summary &#8211; background &#8211; applicable law &#8211; analysis &#8211; conclusion; his opinions frequently include narrative-style stories of the parties and are peppered with more colloquial language. Eric Citron wrote a <a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/01/potential-nominee-profile-neil-gorsuch/" target="_blank">profile of Judge Gorsuch</a> for <a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/" target="_blank">SCOTUSblog</a>, in which he described the judge&#8217;s writing style as &#8220;exceptionally clear and routinely entertaining; he is an unusual pleasure to read.&#8221;</p> <p>Congratulations to Judge Gorsuch on his nomination.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/CZFW7Wgip8c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/judge-neil-gorsuch-10th-circuit-court-appeals-nominated-u-s-supreme-court/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/judge-neil-gorsuch-10th-circuit-court-appeals-nominated-u-s-supreme-court/ 2017-02-01 16:26 +00:00 2017-02-01 09:26 -07:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=36284 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/EGHq__ftMI4/ Legislation health law legislation marijuana law medical marijuana military law SB 17-017 SB 17-017: Allowing Use of Medical Marijuana for Stress Disorders On January 11, 2017, Sen. Irene Aguilar and Rep. Jonathan Singer introduced SB 17-017, "Concerning Adding Stress Disorders to the List of Debilitating Medical Conditions for the Purposes of the Use of Medical Marijuana." Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:26:31 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/sb-17-017-allowing-use-medical-marijuana-stress-disorders/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"><p>On January 11, 2017, Sen. Irene Aguilar and Rep. Jonathan Singer introduced <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2017A/bills/2017A_017_01.pdf" target="_blank">SB 17-017</a>, &#8220;Concerning Adding Stress Disorders to the List of Debilitating Medical Conditions for the Purposes of the Use of Medical Marijuana.&#8221;</p> <blockquote><p><b>Committee on Cost-benefit Analysis of Legalized Marijuana in Colorado.</b></p> <p>The bill adds acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of debilitating medical conditions for the purposes of the use of medical marijuana.</p></blockquote> <p>The bill was introduced in the Senate and assigned to the State, Veterans, &amp; Military Affairs Committee. It is scheduled for hearing on January 30, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/EGHq__ftMI4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/sb-17-017-allowing-use-medical-marijuana-stress-disorders/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/sb-17-017-allowing-use-medical-marijuana-stress-disorders/ 2017-02-01 16:26 +00:00 2017-02-01 09:26 -07:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=36275 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/1AxMbKkvmO8/ Legislation agricultural law HB 17-1118 legislation HB 17-1118: Exempting Colorado from Daylight Savings Time On January 20, 2017, Rep. Phil Covarrubias introduced HB 17-1118, "Concerning an Exemption from Daylight Savings Time." Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:26:07 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/hb-17-1118-exempting-colorado-daylight-savings-time/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"><p>On January 20, 2017, Rep. Phil Covarrubias introduced <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2017A/bills/2017A_1118_01.pdf" target="_blank">HB 17-1118</a>, &#8220;Concerning an Exemption from Daylight Savings Time.&#8221;</p> <blockquote><p>Currently, &#8216;United States Mountain Standard Time&#8217; (MST) is the standard time within Colorado, except during the period of daylight saving time (i.e., the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November) when time is advanced one hour. The bill exempts the state from observing daylight saving time, making MST the standard time year-round.</p></blockquote> <p>The bill was introduced in the House and assigned to the Agriculture, Livestock, &amp; Natural Resources Committee. It is scheduled for hearing in committee on February 6 at 1:30 p.m.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/1AxMbKkvmO8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/hb-17-1118-exempting-colorado-daylight-savings-time/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/hb-17-1118-exempting-colorado-daylight-savings-time/ 2017-02-01 16:26 +00:00 2017-02-01 09:26 -07:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=36270 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/y34Fi88NxGI/ Legislation birth certificate gender identity HB 17-1122 health law legislation LGBT law HB 17-1122: Modifying Procedures to Change Gender Designation on Birth Certificate On January 24, 2017, Rep. Daneya Esgar and Sen. Dominick Moreno introduced HB 17-1122, "Concerning the Issuance of a New Birth Certificate with a Gender Designation that Differs from the Gender Designated on the Person's Original Birth Certificate." Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:25:45 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/hb-17-1122-modifying-procedures-change-gender-designation-birth-certificate/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"><p>On January 24, 2017, Rep. Daneya Esgar and Sen. Dominick Moreno introduced <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2017A/bills/2017A_1122_01.pdf" target="_blank">HB 17-1122</a>, &#8220;Concerning the Issuance of a New Birth Certificate with a Gender Designation that Differs from the Gender Designated on the Person&#8217;s Original Birth Certificate.&#8221;</p> <blockquote><p>Under current law, a person born in Colorado who seeks a new birth certificate from the registrar of vital statistics (state registrar) to reflect a change in gender designation must obtain a court order indicating that the sex of the person has been changed by surgical procedure and ordering that the gender designation on the birth certificate be amended, and the person must obtain a court order with a legal name change. The bill repeals that provision and creates new requirements for the issuance of birth certificates in cases of changes to gender designation.</p> <p>Under the bill, known as the &#8216;2017 Birth Certificate Modernization Act&#8217;, the state registrar shall issue a new birth certificate with a different gender designation to a person who was born in this state when the state registrar receives:</p> <ul> <li>A written request from the person or the person&#8217;s legal representative requesting a new birth certificate with a gender designation that differs from the gender designated on the person&#8217;s original birth certificate; and</li> <li>A statement from a medical or mental health care provider licensed in good standing stating that the person has undergone treatment appropriate for that person for the purpose of gender transition or stating that the person has an intersex condition, and that in the provider&#8217;s professional opinion the person&#8217;s gender designation should be changed accordingly.</li> </ul> <p>The bill requires that the state registrar issue a new birth certificate rather than an amended birth certificate. The bill allows a person who has previously obtained an amended birth certificate under previous versions of the law to apply to receive a new birth certificate.</p> <p>A person is not required to obtain a court order for a legal name change in order to obtain a new birth certificate with a change in gender designation. The bill creates a process for a person to update the person&#8217;s name on a birth certificate at other times than the issuance of the new birth certificate.</p> <p>The state registrar is prohibited from requesting additional medical information but is authorized to contact the medical or mental health provider to verify the provider&#8217;s statement. The courts in this state are given jurisdiction to issue a decree to amend a birth certificate to reflect a change in gender designation for certain persons if the law in another state or foreign jurisdiction requires a court decree in order to amend a birth certificate to reflect a change in gender designation.</p></blockquote> <p>The bill was introduced in the House and assigned to the Judiciary Committee.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/y34Fi88NxGI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/hb-17-1122-modifying-procedures-change-gender-designation-birth-certificate/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/hb-17-1122-modifying-procedures-change-gender-designation-birth-certificate/ 2017-02-01 16:25 +00:00 2017-02-01 09:25 -07:00 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/?p=36331 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~3/o2zJ5GgwYdU/ Case Law 10th Circuit Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 1/31/2017 On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and four unpublished opinions. Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:07:40 Z http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-1312017/#respond Susan Hoyt <div class="pf-content"><p>On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and four unpublished opinions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/16/16-5135.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Brown v. Allbaugh</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/16/16-8119.pdf" target="_blank"><em>United States v. Moreno</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/16/16-5150.pdf" target="_blank"><em>Wolfe v. Bryant</em></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/16/16-5036.pdf" target="_blank"><em>United States v. Jones</em></a></p> <p>Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are <a href="http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/tag/10th-circuit/">summarized and provided by Legal Connection</a>.</p> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CBACLELegalConnection/~4/o2zJ5GgwYdU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-1312017/feed/ 0 http://cbaclelegalconnection.com/2017/02/tenth-circuit-unpublished-opinions-1312017/ 2017-02-01 16:07 +00:00 2017-02-01 09:07 -07:00