bill schurman

bill schurman 4 days, 12 hours ago on Margaret Stees: Honesty not always best

I argued the case as a Deputy State Public Defender (never a prosecutor, save as the town attorney for the Town of Oak Creek, Colorado when I was in private practice in the late '70s & early '80s). The SCOTUS will never overturn the 1990 case (Michigan v. Sitz). The Colorado Supreme Court CAN grant greater freedoms under the Colorado Constitution than what the SCOTUS rules under the 4th Amendment , however overturning the Rister case is VERY unlikely given that the present Court is more conservative than the 1990 Court.


bill schurman 4 days, 17 hours ago on Margaret Stees: Honesty not always best

The CSP stands for the "Colorado State Patrol" but the person who arrested you is called a "trooper" and for good reason. A very militaristic outfit. And, BTW: Tom, I argued the constitutionality of sobriety checkpoints in the Colorado Supreme Court in People v. Rister, 803 P. 2d 483 (1990) and in a 4-3 opinion the Court upheld the constitutionality of them. The minority opinion was longer than the majority opinion. The CO S Court majority followed the SCOTUS opinion decided in 1990 ( and the CO SC held up oral argument awaiting the SCOTUS opinion which I believe was authored by Rehnquist who was no friend of the 4th Amendment).


bill schurman 1 week, 1 day ago on City of Steamboat prepares to send out community survey

Just one more survey to be lost in the "round file". What a waste of everyone's time to dream up this survey, surely (?) they have better things to do ... or do they ?


bill schurman 1 week, 2 days ago on Steamboat City Council calls another special meeting to discuss police misconduct investigation

Chris, I have read and re-read the one reference to Tony Lettunich (spelled "Letnich" in Kleiber's missive) and for the life of me I cannot understand how this creates a conflict of interest in Mr. Lettunich advising the city counsel. Please explain. Bill


bill schurman 1 week, 4 days ago on Excessive force, excessive lawsuits

The PILOT should publish in any form the whole transcript not just excerpts of the October meeting. Plus, if the meetings are recorded then why hasn't the PILOT obtained them ? Do they simply rely upon Kleiber to feed the PILOT with tapes of what he wishes to disclose ? BTW: who canned Blank, if that is what happened?


bill schurman 1 week, 4 days ago on Man suing Steamboat police department arrested for theft, forgery

Why burden the Public Defender? Let his plaintiff's counsel represent him and worry about the fee once they whoop the city for big bucks.