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Elected as reformer, Jefferson County’s incoming district attorney is pushing out office’s top prosecutors

Alexis King

Alexis King convinced voters in Jefferson and Gilpin counties that she should be their next district attorney on the promise that she’d reform the prosecutor’s office — and she hasn’t waited to be sworn in to make sweeping changes.

King will cut 10 people from the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office when she takes charge in January, she acknowledged in a brief interview Thursday. Those losing their jobs include six senior prosecutors and three deputy district attorneys, those involved told The Denver Post, wiping away decades of experience and senior leadership in the office.

“At the end of the day, it’s about ensuring that we are bringing and performing ethical prosecutions, protecting public safety, that are also aligned with my values and making sure we have a workplace that is open to all identities,” King said Thursday, adding the dismissals are “100%” part of her effort to reform

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Kane County’s law library to temporarily close

The Kane County Law Library and Self-Help Legal Center, located in the Kane County Judicial Center, will be closed Nov. 30 to Feb. 1 due to concerns about COVID-19.

But services will be available by phone, email, social media and a chat service.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

“People can still ask us for help in how to attend Zoom court, how to start a legal case, how to find basic legal forms, how to look for an attorney, how to e-file, etc.,” Halle Cox. the library director, said in a news release.

The free call-in Divorce and Family Law Help service also will continue for people representing themselves. For more information, call (630) 406-7126 or visit kclawlibrary.org.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

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Lawsuit challenges Dane County’s public health order banning indoor gatherings

MADISON, Wis. —  A lawsuit that was filed in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court on Monday looks to overturn the gathering ban and restrictions recently put into place by Public Health Madison and Dane County.

The new public health order, which went into effect Wednesday, bans indoor mass gatherings with anyone outside of your household and limits outdoor gatherings to no more than 10 people.

According to PHMDC’s website, in-person games, sports, group exercise classes, movies, conferences and similar events are all considered mass gatherings. You can read more about Emergency Order #10 here.

The lawsuit was filed by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty on behalf of Gymfinity Ltd., Jeffry Becker and Andrea Klein. It argues the order is an overreach of the legal authority granted to local health officers and

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Spokane County’s criminal justice system got mixed reviews in a new report. Here’s how it fared

The Spokane region got mixed reviews on its progress on criminal justice reforms in a new report released earlier this month, receiving praise for the addition of mental health law enforcement teams, but criticism for uncertain funding to pretrial services, a high number of felony filings and slow progress on transparency.

The report, an update to a document titled “The Blueprint for Reform,” was written by a local retired judge, a former U.S. Attorney and a defense attorney.

The first Blueprint was published in 2013 and was a set of recommendations to make the criminal justice system more equitable and less expensive.

The report on the progress of the original Blueprint for Reform was lambasted almost as soon as it was released by Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, who called one section of it “virulent misinformation” because the writers did not tie increases in some crimes to COVID-19 releases of

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Judge dismisses Arizona GOP lawsuit seeking audit of county’s ballots



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Judge dismisses Arizona GOP lawsuit seeking audit of county’s ballots

A judge on Thursday rejected a Republican Party lawsuit seeking an audit of ballots in Arizona’s biggest county, which helped flip the state blue for the first time in more than 20 years.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice and denied the Arizona GOP’s request for an audit of the county’s results, which would likely have delayed its certification of the vote tallies. An order outlining the judge’s reasoning is expected later Thursday.

The county is planning to officially certify the count on Friday, according to The Arizona Republic.

The lawsuit filed last week accuses Maricopa County, home to Phoenix and its metro area, of violating state law by doing away with its precinct voting model this election, allowing voters to cast their ballots at any polling center in the

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Activists skeptical about Baltimore County’s new policing law

Last month, after Baltimore County became the first government in the Baltimore region to enact a new policing law, Chris S. Brown said she and many others have waited too long for this to happen.

Black residents still feel disconnected from the police force, said Brown, whose 17-year-old son, Christopher, died after an off-duty county officer chased him in Randallstown and allegedly put him in a chokehold in 2012.

Among other changes, Brown said, officers need to do more community policing — to “get to know the culture in which you serve.”

The bill pushed by County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. and approved by the county council does not require officers to spend more time walking a beat and meeting with residents. But, among other changes, it compels officers to intervene if they witness excessive use of force.

And it is designed to curtail the use of chokeholds by

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Saratoga County’s attorney says pay controversy not factor in decision to retire

BALLSTON SPA – The attorney who aided the architects behind Saratoga County’s a roundly panned and later canceled plan to boost the pay of elected officials, department heads and many other employees during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic is retiring.

Stephen Dorsey, the county’s government’s top lawyer for 10 years, said his last day will be Dec. 31.

“I have some personal matters in 2021 that will require my attention,” Dorsey said on Wednesday. “No one has ever asked me to leave. Retirement is my idea.”

Dorsey’s retirement comes after there were calls for the county’s Administrator Spencer Hellwig to resign when the extra-pay plan came to light. While the Board of Supervisors had the votes to oust Hellwig in August, the 23-member board instead formed a committee to explore whether disciplinary action was necessary against those identified in a report that found Hellwig and other administrators did

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