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Jessica Peck Wins Appeal After Jail Threat for Talking With Westword

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On August 9, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a significant part of a March 2021 ruling that found subsections of the Colorado statute collectively known as the Children’s Code to be unconstitutional, based largely on First Amendment grounds — a decision that flowed from a lawsuit filed by Denver-based attorney Jessica Peck after she was threatened with jail for talking with Westword regarding a 2019 story.

That article’s subject: a mother at risk of having her toddler daughter taken away from her by the state because she supported her ex-husband, accused murderer John Affourtit.

The defendants in the case were Denver District Attorney Beth McCann and Michelle Barnes, executive director for the Colorado Department of Human Services, which argued that the statutory…

Michael Roberts

2022-08-10 09:41:00

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