Happy Fourth of July! Now that summer is officially upon us, here are your public-law highlights:
- SCOTUS term ends. The US Supreme Court closed out its term last week, handing down two significant opinions on the last day. In Department of Commerce v. New York, the Court rejected the federal government’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. In Rucho v. Common Cause, the Court held that partisan gerrymandering claims are nonjusticiable political questions, immune from legal review.
- Colorado Supreme Court decides significant cases. Colorado’s highest court has been busy as well, issuing two consequential decisions of its own. In People v. McKnight, the Court held that Coloradans have a privacy interest in possessing legal quantities of marijuana under the state constitution. (Attorney Chris Jackson is quoted in the Sun’s coverage.) And in In re Ballot Title #3, the Court will allow a proposed initiative repealing TABOR to go forward.
- Denver elections. The results of the run-off are in, and Mayor Michael Hancock defeated challenger Jamie Giellis to secure another term. Paul Lopez also narrowly defeated Peg Perl in the race for Clerk and Recorder.
- Craig Silverman Show. Attorney Chris Jackson was interviewed on 710KNUS’s The Craig Silverman Show, where he talked about recent Supreme Court cases and his legal practice.
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.