Reading from the Voice Media empire: Members of the Justice Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety have been ordered to “undertake a review of existing policies” regarding federal marijuana law enforcement, among other things. Their report is due on or before July 27, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws believes the document may use as its template a list by a fellow at the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation of eleven ways the administration of President Donald Trump can shut down legal cannabis. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A court victory by two Colorado landowners who complained that the smell from a nearby marijuana grow made horse-riding on their property less pleasant advances a strategy, based on federal racketeering laws, that anti-marijuana forces hope will help them destroy the marijuana industry throughout the country. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Kevin Lyons has been sentenced for the April 2016 killing of Dr. Kenneth Atkinson and the wounding of two women, including his wife. Atkinson’s widow asked the judge in the case to impose the heaviest punishment possible, and he came as close as he could without imposing the death penalty, which prosecutors reluctantly chose not to seek. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Monica Abeyta, thirty, was arrested after her three-year-old son shot his two-year-old brother. The injured child survived following the latest incident of children being hurt or killed after finding an unsecured gun. Here are five additional examples. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Michael Quin Webber was recently busted on suspicion of indecent exposure after being found walking the streets of posh resort completely naked. He allegedly had white powder caked under his nose at the time of his arrest, and he told the officer who fitted him for cuffs that he’d been seeing snakes. The cop soon discovered that he’s a registered sex offender. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Taylor Swift is expected to appear in Denver on or around August 7, but not for a concert. Instead, she will likely be testifying in a lawsuit filed against her by David Mueller, a former DJ who accuses her of getting him fired from a radio station by falsely claiming he’d grabbed her butt during a meet-and-greet photo session. Swift has countersued, maintaining that Mueller “reached up under my skirt and grabbed my ass right when I was having to pose for a photo.” Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Hunter Donnelly, a now former member of a major college football team, has been both an accused perpetrator of crime and a victim of one in recent weeks. He was dismissed from the squad after an arrest for allegedly violating a protection order involving a former girlfriend. But he also had thousands in bling stolen from him, reportedly by a teammate, Braylin Scott, who, according to law enforcers, tried to sell the stuff on Craigslist. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A major police department has launched a series of videos intended to reveal myths about sex offenders. Detective David Bourgeois, who stars in the clips, provided additional details about myths exposed in the first installment, on view here, and previews future episodes, revealing, for example, that not every registered sex offender can be found online/ “People think, ‘I did an Internet search, and there are no sex offenders living in my neighborhood,'” Bourgeois says. “But that might not be the case.” Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The conclusion of an amended autopsy report for John Patrick Walter, who died in jail on April 20, 2014, has been changed from “undetermined” to acute withdrawal from benzodiazepine, a prescribed medication that was withheld from him by staff during his incarceration. The findings echo claims made in a lawsuit filed about Walter’s death, and Erik Heipt, an attorney for his family, feels the results would have been known years ago if not for obstruction by county officials. Westword has the story.