The Espinoza case, arising out of the 1977 shooting of Arthur Espinoza in Curtis Park, changed the face of police shooting litigation in Colorado. Previously, the heirs of an individual wrongly shot to death by the police was restricted to economic damages only. In Espinoza, a case lasting 14 years, I convinced the Colorado Supreme Court to overrule one of its own then-recent decisions, Jones v. Hildebrand, which was later affirmed by the United States supreme Court. I then tried the case and obtained a very favorable verdict on difficult facts: Espinoza had himself shot another man earlier that day, and was armed just before his death.
People v. James King (The United Bank Murder Case)
James King, a retired Denver police officer, was charged with 4 counts of First Degree Murder, after 5 eyewitnesses identified him as the perpetrator of a daring daylight bank robbery on Father's Day, 1991 (June 16, 1991). The case was televised gavel-to-gavel on Court TV. Despite the eyewitness testimony and damning circumstantial evidence, the jury acquitted King of all charges, after 9 days of deliberation.