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Zachary Martin Appointed to Ouray County Court

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the governor’s selection of Zachary Martin to fill a vacancy on the Ouray County Court, effective immediately. The vacancy was created by the appointment of Hon. Cory Jackson to the Seventh Judicial District Court.

Martin is currently a Senior Deputy Public Defender for the Colorado State Public Defender’s Montrose Office, where he defends adults and juveniles charged with misdemeanors and felonies. He has also worked at the Ouray, Gunnison, and Hinsdale county courts. He received his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Goucher College.

For more information about the appointment, click here.

Colorado Court of Appeals: Announcement Sheet, 10/19/2017

On Thursday, October 19, 2017, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued nine published opinions and 39 unpublished opinions.

People v. Juarez

People v. Robinson

People v. Mendez

People v. Heredia-Cobos

People v. Fallis

People in Interest of T.T.

Adams v. Sagee

HDH Partnership v. Hinsdale County Board of Equalization

People in Interest of C.A.

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Neither State Judicial nor the Colorado Bar Association provides case summaries for unpublished appellate opinions.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: Defendant May Fire Retained Counsel for Any Reason but Must Face Consequences

The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in Ronquillo v. People on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Criminal Law—Counsel—Choice of Counsel—Continuance.

The Colorado Supreme Court held that the Sixth Amendment right to counsel of choice includes the right to fire retained counsel without having to show good cause, even when the defendant wants appointed counsel. But defendants who fire retained counsel will not necessarily be allowed to proceed as they wish. Accordingly, trial courts must ensure that defendants understand the consequences of firing retained counsel. The court outlined the analysis that trial courts should conduct before releasing retained counsel from a case. Because the Colorado Court of Appeals erred by requiring Ronquillo to show good cause for firing retained counsel, the court reversed and remanded for further proceedings.

Summary provided courtesy of Colorado Lawyer.

Tenth Circuit: Unpublished Opinions, 10/19/2017

On Thursday, October 19, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued no published opinion and two unpublished opinions.

United States v. Prieto

United States v. Palmer

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