A belated Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Sherman & Howard! Now that you’re back from your holiday weekend, here are your public-law highlights:
- Court of Appeals finalists named. The Nominating Commission has selected nine attorney finalists for the three open seats on the Colorado Court of Appeals. The breakdown includes 6 women, 2 current judges, and 1 former Court of Appeals judge. Governor Polis has until this Friday, December 6 to make his appointments.
- Colorado Supreme Court declines to reconsider major decision. The Supreme Court declined to reconsider an opinion that threw hundreds and maybe thousands of criminal sentences into doubt. Last September, the Court ruled that criminal defendants couldn’t be sentenced to both a prison term and probation for crimes in the same case.
- Colorado Supreme Court weighs in on medical marijuana. Attorney Chris Jackson is quoted in the Denver Post’s coverage of a recent Supreme Court case addressing medical marijuana restrictions for probation.
- SCOTUS gives Colorado a mention. The US Supreme Court referenced Colorado’s campaign-finance laws in a per curium opinion it issued last week. That reference at least suggests that the high court thinks our contribution limits might not pass constitutional muster.
- Ballot initiative proposals for 2020. Chris Jackson is also quoted in the Colorado Politics coverage of a proposed ballot initiative that would dramatically change the way ballot initiatives work in the state.
Chris Jackson is a litigator at Sherman & Howard whose practice lies at the intersection of private and public law. He frequently writes and comments on appellate law, elections, and campaign finance (particularly in Colorado). Follow Chris on Twitter at @COAppeals.