Colorado Court of Appeals visits Steamboat Springs High School
April 14, 2016
Steamboat Springs — The Colorado Court of Appeals visited Steamboat Springs High School on Thursday, where judges heard arguments on cases involving property hunting rights and a possible methamphetamine overdose.
The appeals were heard in front of an audience of high school students from Steamboat, South Routt and Moffat County as part of the Colorado judicial branch's Courts in the Community educational outreach program.
Students were allowed to ask attorneys questions about each of the two appeals and their related cases after each session, in addition to asking the judges general questions about their work after the arguments.
"The judge's job is to do what they can to review what happened in the trial court," said Mick O'Hara, 14th Judicial District chief judge.
A criminal case up for an appeal involved Craig resident Brian Good, who, in June 2014, reported to police that he thought he had smoked methamphetamine poisoned by his wife and the mafia.
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Good was taken to a hospital and treated for a possible overdose, though attorneys prosecuting and defending Good disagreed on whether he might have been experiencing an overdose or not.
The question involved whether Good should be protected under an overdose immunity statute or charged with use of a controlled substance.
After a trial, a judge ruled Good should not be protected from the charge, and Good appealed the court's decision.
Arguments were also heard Thursday in a civil case involving two groups of owners of a 560-acre parcel of land in Rio Blanco County.
A 7/12 majority of the group of landowners had created an amendment to the owner contract that restricted hunting access during certain periods of time.
Up for question was whether the majority of owners had the right to restrict access for all owners.
While a court originally decided the majority of owners could restrict access to all owners, those owners not in favor of restricting access appealed the decision.
Following the arguments, the three-judge division discussed the cases outside the room, while attorneys for each case fielded questions from students.
After the arguments had concluded, judges also answered questions about their schooling and decisions to become judges.
The judges said it could be a few months before decisions are reached in each appeal heard Thursday.