sir.mario.owens.mug.528x350Reading from the Voice Media empire: Senior Judge Christopher Munch’s ruling upholding the death-penalty conviction of Sir Mario Owens in a 2005 double homicide, was remarkable not so much for its conclusions as for its sheer bulk. Weighing in at close to 1,400 pages, it’s the War and Peace of judicial reasoning — and a good indication of how complex the case has become through more than a decade of legal maneuvering, a labyrinthine journey to one state’s lethal-injection gurney that’s far from over. Westword has the story.

stephen.hamper.mug.shot.cropped.largeReading from the Voice Media empire: Earlier this year, Stephen Hamper was found guilty on multiple counts in the beating of a Denver police officer whom he said he would have killed if only he’d been able to get hold of her gun. Since that ruling, he’s been hit with three more charges of assaulting law enforcers while in custody awaiting a hearing to determine if he’s a habitual criminal. Westword has the story.

marijuana.one.hitter.youtubeReading from the Voice Media empire:  In May, Michael McCarron was arrested on a methamphetamine charge, even though he’s never knowingly possessed the substance, because a small amount of marijuana in his possession registered positive for meth according to two field-test kits known as NIKs. Now, an examination at a lab shows that the cannabis wasn’t laced with meth after all, and he’s both relieved and frustrated. Westword has the story.

jurassic.pets.screen.captureReading from the Voice Media empire: According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Ken and Lynn Kubic are facing 72 charges of cruelty to animals after authorities discovered that the conditions in their Adams County home were every bit as shocking as those that caused Jurassic Pets, their former business, to be shuttered. This claim is supported by photos and a video that makes the couple’s residence look like the set of a horror movie. Westword has the story.

coverjonbenet_01Reading from the Voice Media empire: John Ramsey, father of JonBenét  Ramsey, who was murdered in her Boulder, Colorado home on Christmas Day 1996, has filed a $350 million lawsuit against CBS and assorted individuals associated with The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey, a 2016 docuseries in which a panel of experts concluded that Burke Ramsey, JonBenét’s brother, killed his sister with a blow to the head. In an interview on view here, Atlanta-based attorney Lin Wood, who also represents Bruke in a similar complaint filed late last year, maintains that the suit isn’t specifically intended to prevent news organizations from making such claims in the future, but he’s fine if it has that effect. Westword has the story.

operation.black.rhino.methReading from the Voice Media empire: After more than two years, the prosecution of a massive federal drug investigation dubbed Operation Black Rhino is nearly over, thanks to the conviction of Jorge Loya-Ramirez, a Mexican citizen living in Denver who allegedly used a taco truck as cover to deal nearly 200 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine in kilogram quantities. And he wasn’t the only Black Rhino target to earn punishment. The U.S. Attorney’s Office reveals that of the 38 others named in one of four federal grand jury indictments related to the inquiry, only one had his case dismissed. Westword has the story.

prisonbars.1200x804Reading from the Voice Media empire: When one state’s branch of the American Civil Liberties Union heard that Iraqi detainees being held inside an immigrant detention center – a 1,500-bed facility run by the private prison company GEO Group – were being singled out and harassed by the facility’s guards, ACLU attorneys and staff members went to investigate. What they learned from two of the men, France Anwar Elias and Kamran Mallak, whom they interviewed over several trips in August, deeply concerned them. Westword has the story.

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