Category Archives: Tenth Circuit

CA10: Use of code words, and time spent with drug dealer, sufficient to support drug convictions

In United States v. Duran (opinion by Judge Bacharach), the Tenth Circuit upheld the defendant’s convictions for drug distribution offenses. The evidence was sufficient, although the government offered no direct evidence the defendant possessed cocaine. In telephone conversations with a … Continue reading

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CA10: When an appellate decision is split, district courts must keep their eyes on the result

The case of Adlynn and Robert Harte generated widespread attention a couple of years ago. Mr. Harte attracted police attention by visiting a garden store to obtain supplies for growing tomatoes in the family’s basement. (Evidently, people sometimes visit garden … Continue reading

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10th Circuit proposes changes to its local rules for 2020

The Tenth Circuit has released its proposed changes to its local rules for 2020, and has invited public feedback on them. The deadline to submit comments is October 25, 2019. The principal proposed changes are as follows, and consist of … Continue reading

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10th Circuit denies habeas relief in high-profile 1984 Utah murder case

Today, in Lafferty v. Benson, the Tenth Circuit (in an order signed by Judge Briscoe) denied a certificate of appealability in the high-profile murder case of Ron Lafferty, who was convicted of murdering his sister-in-law, Brenda Lafferty, and her fifteen-month-old … Continue reading

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10th Circuit: Sentence of imprisonment is final judgment although restitution issues remain open

Michelle Paup was convicted in a jury trial in federal magistrate court of theft of government property of less than $1,000 for shoplifting at an exchange store on an air force base in Colorado. She appealed to the district court, … Continue reading

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10th Circuit upholds $60M breach of contract verdict in natural gas pricing dispute

Antero Resources Company entered an eight-year contract to sell natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation to South Jersey Gas Company. They agreed that South Jersey would pay a price in accord with a gas price index published by a … Continue reading

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10th Circuit: Prisoner who was victim of unprovoked assault by Denver sheriff’s deputy failed to allege Section 1983 municipal liability claim

Anthony Waller, a criminal defendant, was at a hearing in a courtroom inside the Denver city jail. He politely and calmly addressed the judge about his disagreement with the State’s case against him. Suddenly, a deputy sheriff spun Mr. Waller … Continue reading

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10th Circuit: Albuquerque city clerk and lawyers are immune from suit by failed mayoral candidate

Stella Padilla wanted to run for mayor of Albuquerque in 2018, but the city clerk, Natalie Howard, rejected her nominating petition. Padilla filed a suit in state district court asking for declaratory judgment that her petition was proper. During the … Continue reading

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10th Circuit has posted recordings of oral arguments from July 19, 2019

A panel of the Tenth Circuit heard six oral arguments in Santa Fe last week. The court heard five criminal cases, and one civil case involving qualified immunity. The Court has now posted recordings of those arguments here.

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10th Circuit revives lawsuit challenging Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Yesterday the Tenth Circuit added another chapter to the long-running saga of Kerr v. Hickenlooper, a lawsuit challenging Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR). Colorado voters adopted TABOR via an initiative process in the early 1990s. TABOR requires voter approval … Continue reading

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