June 26, 2017

Archives for April 6, 2017

Colorado Court of Appeals: Announcement Sheet, 4/6/2017

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued nine published opinions and 22 unpublished opinions.

People v. Al-Turki

People v. Davis

People v. Valdez

Farm Credit of Southern Colorado, ACA v. Mason

Allison v. Engel

International Network, Inc. v. Woodard

In re Marriage of Roth

Malpica-Cue v. Fangmeier

Whitelaw v. Denver City Council

Summaries of these cases are forthcoming.

Neither State Judicial nor the Colorado Bar Association provides case summaries for unpublished appellate opinions. The case announcement sheet is available here.

Judicial Ethics Opinion Released Regarding Judges Contacting Political Representatives

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Colorado Judicial Ethics Advisory Board released C.J.E.A.B. Opinion 2017-01.

Opinion 2017-01 considers whether a judge may contact his or her federal congressional representatives to express approval or dissatisfaction with federal legislation or cabinet appointments if the judge reveals his or her name but not that he or she is a judge. The Colorado Judicial Ethics Advisory Board determined that a judge may do so only in the narrowest of circumstances. The Board found that such contact would appear to implicate the judge’s personal opinions, which would likely amount to impropriety or the appearance of impropriety.

The Board, citing Rule 3.2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct, noted that the judge is permitted to consult with government officials in connection with matters concerning the law, the legal system, or the administration of justice or in connection with matters about which the judge acquired knowledge or expertise in the course of the judge’s judicial duties, as long as the consultation does not violate other provisions of the Code.

For the full text of C.J.E.A.B. Opinion 2017-01, click here. For all of the C.J.E.A.B. opinions, click here.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 4/5/2017

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinions and five unpublished opinions.

United States v. Greer

United States v. Elliott

United States v. Cantu

United States v. Cox

Campbell v. Wilkinson

Case summaries are not provided for unpublished opinions. However, some published opinions are summarized and provided by Legal Connection.