May 22, 2017

Archives for May 1, 2017

Colorado Supreme Court: Announcement Sheet, 5/1/2017

On Monday, May 1, 2017, the Colorado Supreme Court issued two published opinions.

Romero v. People

McShane v. Stirling Ranch Property Owners Association

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Neither State Judicial nor the Colorado Bar Association provides case summaries for unpublished appellate opinions.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.

Colorado Supreme Court: Trial Court Did Not Err in Refusing to Poll Jurors about Prejudicial News Report

The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in People v. Jacobson on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Criminal Law—Jury Prejudice—Jury Polling— Prejudicial News Reports.

The Colorado Supreme Court determined whether a trial court abused its discretion by refusing to poll the jury about whether jurors had seen a prejudicial news report that had aired the night before and was available online. Because the trial court gave repeated, specific admonitions to jurors to avoid “newscasts” and “newspaper sites” (including on the day of the newscast), and these were the only places on which the prejudicial report was available, the court held that the trial court did not abuse its discretion when it refused to poll jurors. Therefore, the supreme court reversed the court of appeals’ judgment and affirmed defendant’s conviction.

Summary provided courtesy of The Colorado Lawyer.

Colorado Supreme Court: Trial Court’s Repeated Admonitions to Jury about News Reports Presumably Heeded

The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in People v. Larsen on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Criminal Law—Jury Prejudice—Jury Polling—Prejudicial News Reports.

In this case, a companion to People v. Jacobson, 2017 CO 28, the Supreme Court determined whether a trial court abused its discretion by refusing to poll the jury about whether jurors had seen a news report about the case that had been posted online and ran in a local newspaper. Here, the trial court gave repeated admonitions not to seek out news about the case, including just before the newspaper released the story. Thus, the trial court did not abuse its discretion by refusing to poll the jury. Therefore, the Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals’ judgment and affirmed defendant’s conviction.

Summary provided courtesy of The Colorado Lawyer.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 4/28/2017

On Friday, April 28, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued one published opinion and two unpublished opinions.

Camick v. United States

Salmon v. Nutra Pharma Corp.

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