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Colorado Court of Appeals to hear arguments at Littleton High School on Nov. 18

Friday, November 14, 2014

LITTLETON, Colo. – The Colorado Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in two cases on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at Littleton High School before an audience of students. The public also is invited to attend.

The visit is part of the Colorado Judicial Branch’s Courts in the Community, the outreach program the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals initiated on Law Day (May 1), 1986. The Courts in the Community program was developed to give Colorado high school students firsthand experience in how the Colorado judicial system works and illustrate how disputes are resolved in a democratic society. These are not mock proceedings. The court will hear arguments in actual cases from which it will issue opinions. The court generally issues opinions within a few weeks of the arguments.

The 22 judges of the Colorado Court of Appeals sit in divisions of three judges to hear cases. Judges hearing these cases are John Daniel Dailey (presiding), Stephanie Dunn and Senior Judge Alan L. Sternberg.

The two cases are:

 

  • Dina Navarette v. Thomas Howe Sr. and Avanelle Howe: Dina Navarette was in an argument with her boyfriend at his parents’ home in Delta County, where he’d been asked to housesit while his parents were away. She was shot and wounded, and sued her boyfriend’s parents, claiming their practice of leaving a loaded handgun on top of their refrigerator for use in killing prairie dogs on their property created a dangerous condition. A trial court dismissed several claims she made against the parents: that they had knowledge of the dangerous condition created by keeping a loaded handgun on the refrigerator; that they were negligent; and that in asking their son to housesit, he became their employee and they had some responsibility for his actions. Ms. Navarette has asked the Court of Appeals to review those decisions and determine whether her lawsuit can move forward.

 

  • The People of the State of Colorado v. Lorenzo Camacho: Lorenzo Camacho has asked the Court of Appeals to review his convictions for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of marijuana, for which he was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections. Mr. Camacho was the passenger in a van involved in a 2011 traffic stop in Morgan County. Mr. Camacho, who was the registered owner of the van, consented to a search by police, who found 51 pounds of marijuana. Mr. Camacho has asked the Court of Appeals to examine several aspects of his case, including his argument that the trial court improperly allowed the prosecution to argue that his silence when police officers spoke to him was evidence of guilt.

 

The proceedings will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the auditorium at Littleton High School, 1999 E. Littleton Blvd., Littleton, CO 80121. A question-and-answer session, during which the students can ask questions of the attorneys, will follow the arguments in each case. At the conclusion of the second argument, the students also will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with the Court of Appeals judges.

There will be a limited number of seats for the public. Audio recordings from the two arguments will be available online within one to two days of the arguments at http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_Of_Appeals/Oral_Arguments/Index.cfm.

Editor’s Note:

The documents related to these two cases are located at: http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Education/Materials.cfm?s=Fall&y=2014

Additional information on the Courts in the Community program is available at: http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Education/Community.cfm

News media organizations interested in recording the arguments may contact Jon Sarché at the State Court Administrator’s Office (contact information below). The following pages contain information about expanded media coverage.

We will be reserving seats for journalists. Please contact Jon Sarché at jon.sarche@judicial.state.co.us or at 720-625-5811 if you plan to attend.

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