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Brauchler charges governor ‘violated state law’ when he granted pardon to Lima-Marin

District Attorney George Brauchler addresses the Arapahoe County GOP assembly on March 29, 2017, in Englewood. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

George Brauchler, the Republican district attorney for the 18th Judicial District, said Friday night he believes Gov. John Hickenlooper broke the law when he granted a pardon to Rene Lima-Marin, a 38-year-old Aurora man who faces deportation to his native Cuba after a judge freed him earlier this week from a Colorado prison.

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Pete Lee is on a mission to make Colorado criminal justice more efficient, not more lenient

Don’t tell state Rep. Pete Lee he might be soft on crime, just because he’s driven a truckload of legislation to keep people out from behind bars the past seven years. The Colorado Springs Democrat gives a gentle snort to the suggestion of soft. “Restorative justice programs are not soft on crime,” he said of the […]

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Former Colorado GOP chair Steve Curtis faces voter fraud charges after allegedly filling out ex-wife’s ballot

Radio talk show host Steve Curtis is pictured in this court-ordered photo taken on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at a court appearance on felony and misdemeanor charges alleging he forged his wife's signature on a mail ballot and voted with it in the November election. (Photo via 19th Judicial District attorney's office)

Just days before allegedly forging his former wife’s signature on a mail ballot and fraudulently voting in the November election, Steve Curtis, a former Colorado Republican Party chairman, railed against the “crooked Democrats” and their propensity to commit voter fraud in an hour-long interview on the conservative morning radio talk show he hosts.

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Hundreds sign Colorado Senate GOP’s petition to save alleged wolf hybrid Capone

Capone, left, relaxes with another family pet in this undated photo provided by his owners, the Abbato family of Aurora. The dog has been impounded by Aurora Animal Services and is under investigation as a suspected wolf-dog hybrid. (Courtesy Tracy Abbato)

Colorado Senate Republicans want Aurora officials to know they’re standing with the owners of Capone, the dog being held by the city’s animal shelter on suspicion the longtime family pet is a wolf hybrid. And by Monday afternoon, hundreds of people had signed their names to an online petition started by the Senate GOP asking […]

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The time for overdue sex offender sentence and treatment reform is probably never

Austin Wilkerson, a former University of Colorado-Boulder student convicted of sexually assaulting a drunken woman and was given what many argue was too lenient a sentence. State Sen. Irene Aguilar ran a bill to give the judiciary greater flexibility in sentencing in cases like Wilkersons to reform what she describes as a system that is too often looked at threw a criminal justice lens rather than a clinical one. (Photo via Boulder Sheriff's Department)
State Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Denver Democrat, sat at the hearing table alone last Wednesday and told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was “very nervous” to present her bills. Rightly so. The direct beneficiaries of her proposals don’t have many defenders at the Capitol — or anywhere else for that matter. Aguilar […]

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