Lawyers, PR staff, profs charge taxpayers $191k after killer’s appeals

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  Colorado, Federal Government, News, Supreme Court, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Taxpayers paid nearly $200,000 to lawyers, consultants, professors and even a public relations person after — sometimes years after — convicted multiple-murderer Nathan Dunlap exhausted all of his appeals, according to documents obtained by Watchdog.org.
And those payments continued even this week, according to court records.
The payment vouchers, part of Dunlap’s the federal case file, […]

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Juvenile detention worker, attacked twice, says she was threatened with firing

By   /  February 23, 2015  /  Colorado, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo Courtesy of Sonia Huerta

On the night of Aug. 21, Sonia Huerta was punched and head butted by a 16-year-old female inmate in the Betty K. Marler Youth Services Center, sending her to a hospital with a concussion, police records say.

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Judiciary committee kills bill to open public defenders records

By   /  February 13, 2015  /  Colorado, Judiciary, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
DENVER — The House Judiciary Committee killed a bill that would subject the public defenders’ office to open records, with members questioning why the sponsors singled out the public defenders’ office instead of requiring the whole judiciary to be subject to open records.
Bill sponsors state Reps. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, and Polly […]

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Committee mostly ignores staff recommendation on cutting CNG vehicles

By   /  February 6, 2015  /  Colorado, Misuse of funds, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Lawmakers on the budget committee overturned most of a staff recommendation Thursday that would have the state hitting the brakes on new alternative fuel vehicle leases. But legislators did cut in half the request from one of the departments that had the most trouble using compressed natural gas vehicles.

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Colorado juvenile detention worker cited for sex contact on inmate

By   /  February 5, 2015  /  Colorado, News  /  No Comments

Photo By Arthur Kane

A staffer working at a Colorado Department of Human Services juvenile detention facility was cited for unlawful sexual contact after grabbing the crotch of a female inmate and other staff did not immediately respond to the girl’s calls for help, according to a police report obtained Thursday.

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Lawmakers seek more transparency on juvenile detention incidents

By   /  February 4, 2015  /  Colorado, Open Records, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Colorado lawmakers want more information about what’s happening inside the state’s juvenile detention facilities after a skyrocketing increase in fights and attacks that Watchdog.org first uncovered last year.

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