Headlines July 7, 2020

Headlines July 7, 2020

Colorado is suing e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, Inc., saying the company intentionally marketed its products to young people.

The Denver Post reports that the lawsuit comes after the Attorney General’s office investigated the business practices of the company for nearly a year.

The lawsuit alleges that Juul violated the Colorado Consumer Protection Act by targeting young smokers with attractive flavors and designs.

It also says that the company misrepresented e-cigarettes as a healthy alternative to cigarettes and targeted  “cool kids” who would want to vape their products through ads and social media campaigns.

The lawsuit says it is seeking damages for injured consumers and for the State of Colorado.

The Denver Police Department has submitted its investigation of a hit-and-run incident, which happened during the first day of local protests over the killing of George Floyd to the Office of the Denver District Attorney.

The Denverite reports that a viral video from May 28th shows the driver of a black SUV hitting a protester with a vehicle.

The video shows a group of protesters blocking the path of the car when one person, wearing a T-shirt reading “Stop Killing Us,” ended up on the hood. After that protestor came off the hood of the car, the driver, whose identity has not been released by authorities, struck him and drove off.

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen told Denverite a month ago that his department had made “significant progress” in the case but would not divulge details.

Boulder County officials say they saw record numbers of complaints for fireworks this year.

The Longmont Leader reports that in 2019, between July 2 and July 5, Longmont emergency dispatchers logged 257 fireworks complaints. This year, over the same period of time, dispatchers fielded 469 complaints.

Local municipalities had canceled fireworks displays due to the COVID-19 pandemic which is thought to be the reason for the increase in illegal fireworks.

 

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The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday that states can mandate that Electoral College voters must vote for the winner of a state’s popular vote in presidential elections.

In 2016, 10 of the 538 presidential electors tried to vote for someone other than their pledged candidate, in an attempt to stop Donald Trump from taking the presidency.

The Supreme Court was ruling on a case from Colorado where several electors tried to vote for Republican John Kasich instead of Hillary Clinton who won the state’s popular vote.

One of the electors, Micheal Baca, was removed by state officials from his role as an elector.

Baca brought a lawsuit against the state arguing that electors are free agents with the power to vote for whomever they choose.

The Supreme Court ruling overturns a 2019 ruling from the Court of Appeals in Denver, which said the state of Colorado acted outside the bounds of its constitutional power when it punished faithless electors.

Colorado is still seeing elevated numbers of coronavirus cases.

The Denver Post reports that for a third consecutive week the state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have begun to creep upward for the first time in months.

While the state is not seeing surges at the rate of other states like Arizona and Florida, the number of positive cases has climbed since the first week of June according to figures released by the state health department.

The process for renaming the Stapleton neighborhood in Denver is underway.

The group responsible for choosing Stapleton’s new name will meet today tomorrow and Thursday as they begin the process of whittling down more than 300 suggested names to a shortlist of eight.

The Denverite reports that delegates voted last month to move forward with renaming the neighborhood after decades of calls to change the name. The neighborhood was named for former Denver Mayor Benjamin Stapleton, who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

The goal of the advisory board is to announce a new name by August.

The city of Aurora will appoint a committee to lead the investigation into the death of Elijah McClain, the 23-year-old Black man that died at the hands of police last August.

The Aurora Sentinel reports that the committee would include experts on civil rights, the criminal justice system and medical assistance in police calls, since ketamine was administered to McClain by Aurora Fire Rescue.

The city earlier canceled an agreement with a Connecticut-based attorney and former police officer who was hired to examine the case due to concerns over bias.

Gov. Jared Polis formally appointed state Attorney General Phil Weiser to special prosecutor in the case June 26. That investigation will operate completely separate from the city’s.