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Colorado’s draconian sex-offender laws need reform

In 1855, a 19-year-old woman named Celia was executed by hanging in Missouri. Her crime? She had murdered her owner, a man who purchased her when she was just 14 years old and had been forcing her to be his concubine ever since.

There was no dispute that she had killed him. She had even confessed. But Celia’s defense attorneys boldly argued that Celia was permitted to use deadly force to protect herself from rape, basing their argument on a Missouri statute intended to protect white women. Elsewhere in the South, assault on a slave was considered “trespass,” and because in this case the rapist was also Celia’s owner, he was not able to trespass on his own property.

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Durango man guilty ofchild sex assault

After a five-day trial and a three-hour deliberation, a jury

Friday found Durango resident Harold Loveday guilty of three counts of sexually assaulting three children younger than 15 and one count of incest.

Several people cried when District Judge William Herringer read the verdict to a packed gallery.

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Two sentenced in murder case

Two men who participated in last year’s shooting death of an Ignacio man were sentenced Tuesday in District Court to the maximum possible penalty allowed under each of their plea agreements.

Jeremiah Mason, 22, was sentenced to six years in prison, and Armondo Yazzie was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Both are from New Mexico.

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The problematic reach of domestic violence laws

I grew up watching movies like “Sleeping with the Enemy,” and “Not Without my Daughter,” where the female protagonists experience violent and disturbing abuse from their husbands. At my progressive, liberal women’s college, I learned about women’s rights violations, and they angered me tremendously. So when I became a criminal defense attorney, I suspected that representing those accused of domestic violence could pose a challenge.

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Police have plenty of reasons to pull over drivers

It’s the question any driver on the road hates to hear: “Do you know why I pulled you over?”

The answer can sometimes be pretty simple. Yes, I was going 85 in a 40. Yes, I didn’t want to wait at the red arrow when no one was coming on what I thought was a deserted road, so I turned against it.

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The Law Office of Becky Briggs is a Pueblo-based law firm that specializes in criminal defense.  The firm represents clients throughout Eastern Colorado and beyond who are facing charges at all levels. The firm has extensive expertise in DUI cases and is experienced at defending all types of criminal charges, with a special focus on sex offenses.

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