Justice Department to Rule on Colorado & Washington Marijuana Legalization

Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom

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In a recent speech to the National Association of Attorneys General, US Attorney General Eric Holder opened the floor to questions. The first question to be asked dealt with the the Colorado and Washington’s recent legalization of marijuana this past November.

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Austin Sigg Tried For The Murder of Ten Year-Old Jessica Ridgeway

Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom

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I can’t say how I would feel after a kidnapping and murder but I am pretty sure that it was eating at Austin Sigg, 17 year-old from Golden, Colorado.  Colorado courts have ruled that there is enough evidence to prove Austin Sigg guilty for the murder of Jessica Ridgeway.

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University of Colorado Students “Drug” Teacher

Brownies by flickr user Cristiano Betta, licensed by Creative Commons

Yummy! *May consist of marijuana

The University of Colorado is no stranger to drug related controversy.  For many years Boulder has been the center of media attention regarding marijuana use, especially on April 20th.  However, just one month ago Colorado voters approved Amendment 64, which allows Colorado citizens to enjoy the recreational use of marijuana.  But even with this new law passed, Boulder can’t seem to stay out of the headlines for marijuana related crimes.  Recently 2 students from the University of Colorado at Boulder were arrested on suspicion of bringing pot brownies to class.  Several students as well as the teacher unknowingly indulged in the deliciously mellow treat which undoubtedly made for a very interesting class.  A prank that many people (especially from Boulder) would find hilarious, led to 3 hospitalizations due to intense side effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  This irresponsible demonstration of marijuana use couldn’t come at a worse time for those who recently contributed to passing Amendment 64.

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Lawsuit Over Batman Shooting

The Dark Knight Rises by Flickr user Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer, licensed by Creative Commons

Did Not Rise To The Occasion

Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, LLP, a New York-based law firm settled claims for more than 10,000 first responders in the 9/11 tragedy and is now representing nine victims in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. The survivors are alleging negligence and a lack of sufficient security on behalf of Cinemark and the Century 16 Theater where the event occurred.  Though it is the seventh lawsuit filed regarding the horrific July 20 events, it is unique in that its the first to specifically name employees.  These employees include the owner, general manager, and manager of the theater.  The nine victims are seeking millions of dollars in damages. Read More

Terror Alert in Phoenix! Code: Baby Blue

Las Vegas Cesars Palace Waterfall in HDR by Flickr user Randy Pertiet, licensed by Creative Commons

Mock Terrorism? Who knows anymore.

 

Mock Terrorism.  It sounds dumber when spoken than it does written here.  But I kid you not, this is something our country needs to look out for.  Michael Turley from Phoenix, Arizona, decided to make terrorism watch his job after the shooting at the Auora, Colorado movie theater. The 39 year old cinematographer and photographer filmed a short video with his 16 year old nephew to “test” the Phoenix police.  He first dressed his nephew in a blue sheet made to look like a toga.  Put a ski mask on him and armed him with a fake grenade/rocket launcher.  They then, paraded around the busiest streets in Phoneix pointing their weapon at citizens passing by.  The point was to stir up some emotions in the people walking by and to time how long it would take for Phoenix police to come to the scene.  Passersby called police to inform them of the situation even though they assumed it was a joke and were not really threatened.  When asked what they were doing with a fake grenade/rocket launcher they said they were making a movie.  Um?

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