RP Partner Iris Eytan Quoted in Aspen Public Radio Article Titled “Pfister Murder Charges: No Date Yet for Preliminary, Bond Hearings”

 

April 2, 2014

Aspen, Colorado

It’s still not clear when to expect the first significant court hearings in the alleged murder of Aspen native Nancy Pfister. Attorneys, the prosecution, and a district Judge met yesterday, Wednesday April 2nd, to put those hearings on the calendar… but now that’s been pushed back to Wednesday, April 23rd.

“The defense attorneys requested more time to review the voluminous discovery they have received.”

Sherry Caloia is District Attorney, and her office is prosecuting three people charged with the murder of Aspen native Nancy Pfister. The first is Kathy Carpenter, a long time Aspen resident and bank teller. Also charged are William and Nancy Styler, previously of the Front Range. Caloia described what kinds of evidence the defense is now sorting through.

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RP Partner Sean Connelly Referenced in Denver Post Article Titled Litigious Wyoming Inmate Complicates Tribe’s Giant Land Claim

 

March 1, 2014

Denver, Colorado

For some inmates, filing lawsuits is as much a part of prison life as lockdowns and bunk beds. Their handwritten motions and missives are often laughed off and dismissed as the legal ramblings of idle people.

But when it comes to Andrew Yellowbear, no one is laughing.

During the 10 years he has spent behind bars in Wyoming, Yellowbear has fought and won complicated court battles to obtain eagle feathers and access to a prison sweat lodge.

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The Ruling in RP Partner Iris Eytan’s Victim’s Rights Case Covered by The Atlantic in Article Titled “How a Colorado Judge Just Blocked the Victim’s Rights Movement”

 

February 27, 2014

Washington, DC

Late Wednesday, a trial judge in Colorado, a former prosecutor, issued a ruling that precludes the parents of a murder victim from telling jurors of their profound opposition to the imposition of a death sentence against the man who killed their son. The “appropriate audience” for the parents’ complaints about the prosecution’s use of “their son’s name in the pursuit of the death penalty,” the judge wrote in a footnote, is the prosecutor, who, of course, already has decided that the defendant should be put to death if found guilty.

Here is a link to the ruling by a district court judge that blocks Bob and Lola Autobee from providing jurors with the “victim impact” testimony they wish to provide on behalf of Edward Montour, the man who killed their son, Eric, who was a corrections officer. “The Court is unaware of any binding statutes or case law that would allow” the trial testimony that the Autobees seek, the judge ruled, although he will permit the family to testify as “mitigation witnesses.” Specifically, the judge ruled that: “The Autobees may testify about the emotional impact of a death sentence or a life sentence… However, the Autobees will not be allowed to testify about what sentence the jury should impose.”

 

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RP Case Featured in Denver Post Article Titled “Nine Couples Seek to Overturn Colorado’s Gay Marriage Ban”

 

February 19, 2014

Denver, Colorado

Nine same-sex couples have filed a lawsuit in Denver District Court seeking to overturn Colorado’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

The lawsuit is the latest of several filed in states across the nation challenging gay marriage bans, including Utah’s and Oklahoma’s that are currently before the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. The issue is likely to culminate in a Supreme Court review.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, names Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver City Clerk Debra Johnson as defendants.

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RP Referenced in Chicago Phoenix Article Titled “Nine Couples Challenge Colorado Gay Marriage Ban”

 

February 20, 2014

Chicago, Illinois

A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Colorado is being challenged by nine same-sex couples who filed a lawsuit in Denver District Court on Wednesday.

“This denial of equal protection, due process and basic fairness violates the Constitution of the United States of America,” reads the lawsuit.

The suit was filed by the law firms of Reilly Pozner, Law of the Rockies and Gutterman Griffiths. Denver City Clerk Debra Johnson (D) and Gov. John Hickenlooper, Jr. (D) were named as defendants.

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Denver Post Editorial on RP Case Titled “Continuing the March to Marriage Equality”

 

February 22, 2014

Denver, Colorado

With the filing of yet another lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s gay marriage ban, it’s clear momentum is gathering to erase this discriminatory slice of history from the books.

It seems like it won’t be long now. And while a lawsuit may not be the ideal way to strike down the law, it’s a legitimate strategy, and we support it.

Last week, nine same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in Denver District Court saying Colorado’s refusal to allow them to marry or recognize the validity of out-of-state marriages violates constitutional guarantees of equal protection.

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Bloomberg Businessweek Covers RP Case in Article Titled “Colorado Couples Sue to Overturn State’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban”

 

February 20, 2014

New York, New York

Nine gay couples sued to overturn a Colorado ban on same-sex marriages, adding to a surge of litigation across the U.S. challenging such laws as violations of due-process and equal-protection rights.

“Colorado’s refusal to allow same-sex couples to marry within the state, as well as its refusal to recognize the validity of out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples violates multiple guarantees of the United States Constitution,” the couples said, according to a copy of the complaint provided by Bob Weiss, a spokesman for one of the plaintiffs’ lawyers.

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RP Lawsuit Covered in TIME Article Titled “Colorado’s Gay Marriage Ban Challenged”

 

February 19, 2014

New York, New York

Nine Colorado couples filed a lawsuit Wednesday that seeks to overturn the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, The Denver Post reports. The law currently on the books allows civil unions but outlaws same-sex marriage.

“Colorado law creates two classes of citizens: those free to marry the person they love, and those denied that fundamental right,” the suit says. “Same-sex couples in Colorado are relegated to a second-class level of citizenship that denies their relationships the full panoply of rights enjoyed by married opposite-sex couples.”

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RP Case Discussed in Reuters Article Titled “Same-Sex Couples Challenge Colorado Ban on Gay Marriage”

 

February 19, 2014

London, United Kingdom

(Reuters) – Nine same-sex couples filed suit on Wednesday challenging Colorado’s ban on gay marriage, following a recent string of court decisions striking down similar restrictions in New Mexico, Utah and Virginia.

The lawsuit, filed in state court in Denver, says a 2006 voter-passed state constitutional amendment defining marriage as exclusively “a union of one man and one woman” violates U.S. constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.

The suit also takes aim at a civil unions law enacted by the Democratic-controlled state Legislature last year, saying it fails to grant gay and lesbian couples legal status equal to heterosexual couples.

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ABC News References RP Case in Article Titled “9 Gay Couples Sue Colorado Over Same-Sex Marriage Ban”

 

February 19, 2014

New York, New York

DENVER – Nine gay Colorado couples today filed a civil rights lawsuit in Denver District Court seeking to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

“Colorado law creates two classes of citizens: those free to marry the person they love, and those denied that fundamental right. Same-sex couples in Colorado are relegated to a second-class level of citizenship that denies their relationships the full panoply of rights enjoyed by married opposite-sex couples,” the lawsuit says. “Plaintiffs bring this action to challenge the constitutionality of Colorado’s laws that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and that refuse to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples lawfully entered into in other jurisdictions.”

Colorado permits civil unions but a 2006 voter approved referendum — Amendment 43 — changed the state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. In 2013, the state passed the Colorado Civil Union Act that provides gay couples with rights similar married couples, but stopped short of granting full marriage rights.

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