Category Archives: Tenth Circuit

10th Circuit orders “Sister Wives” polygamy case dismissed as moot

Today, in the controversial case of Brown v. Buhman, the Tenth Circuit held that a challenge to Utah’s anti-bigamy statute brought by reality television star Kody Brown and his four “sister wives” is moot, and vacated the judgment in their … Continue reading

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10th Circuit affirms injunction against ban aimed at jury nullification advocacy outside courthouse

On Friday, the Tenth Circuit has affirmed a preliminary injunction entered against a Colorado state trial court to prevent it from enforcing a rule prohibiting expressive activities in a plaza outside the courthouse. The rule was targeted at advocates of … Continue reading

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10th Circuit reduces $25.5 million punitive award to $1.95 million

Last week, the Tenth Circuit issued its decision in a closely-watched punitive damages case, Lompe v. Sunridge Partners, LLC. The case arose from a lawsuit filed by Amber Lompe, a 20-year old college student in Wyoming, who suffered carbon monoxide … Continue reading

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Save the date for the 10th Circuit’s 2016 Bench & Bar Conference

The Tenth Circuit has announced that it will hold its Bench & Bar Conference from August 31 through September 3, 2016 at The Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs. Registration for this event will open sometime in May 2016.

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NM Supreme Court: Prison guard’s employers are vicariously liable for sexual assaults on inmates

Anthony Townes, a guard at a privately-operated prison, used his power to rape several female inmates. He pled guilty to criminal charges arising from those assaults (and, hopefully, will spend a long time in prison himself). The inmates sued in … Continue reading

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10th Circuit upholds Colorado’s “Amazon” tax reporting statute

Last week the Tenth Circuit issued an important decision affecting the realm of online commerce. In Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, the Court rejected a Dormant Commerce Clause challenge to a Colorado statute requiring certain online retailers to report sales in Colorado, … Continue reading

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Tenth Circuit rejects challenge to donor disclosure requirement in Colorado election law

The Independence Institute wanted to run a television ad right before the 2014 general election that criticized Colorado’s failure to audit its health insurance exchange, and which asked viewers to contact the governor (who was then up for re-election) to … Continue reading

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Tenth Circuit “judges press Utah about polygamy ban in ‘Sister Wives’ case”

Donna Bryson of the Associated Press has this report on yesterday’s Tenth Circuit oral argument in Brown v. Buhman, where the State of Utah is challenging a district court’s ruling striking down parts of a state law banning polygamy. The … Continue reading

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10th Circuit rejects habeas claim in Ryder death penalty case

James Chandler Ryder believed that the apocalypse would occur on January 1, 2000, and planned to flee to the Yukon, where he believed he could survive that event. Daisy Hallum and her son, Sam, were storing supplies that Mr. Ryder … Continue reading

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10th Circuit rules against officers who allegedly procured false confession from mentally disabled man

The Tenth Circuit has affirmed a trial court’s denial of qualified immunity to several Colorado police officers, who are being sued for allegedly using a confession they knew to be false to charge plaintiff Tyler Sanchez, a man with cognitive … Continue reading

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