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Facing the Unknown: Colorado, Working Parents, and Family Leave

Ivanka Trump, who recently sparked controversy for receiving an office in the West Wing even though she does not hold an official White House position, has been a vocal advocate of paid parental leave and other policies that would lessen financial hardships and make life more manageable for working parents. West Wing office controversy notwithstanding, many believe that her positions have been a moderating influence on the current administration, and her family leave-related proposals have received positive reactions even from Democrats otherwise staunchly opposed to President Trump’s agenda.

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​Non-violent Crimes of Violence? Disparate State and Federal Consequences of Colorado Menacing, Third-Degree Assault, and Harassment Charges

Humans can be sensitive creatures, particularly when it comes to our personal space, and we have widely varying ideas about when and how one should go about invading the space of another, particularly when it involves physically touching them. Most of us would agree that touching another person in a way that ends or risks their life or otherwise severely injures them is violent behavior that should be punished by the police and the courts. But what about a less severe touching – one that inflicted only a minor cut, scrape, or no injury at all, or one that wasn’t intended to cause harm? Is that still violent behavior? And why does it matter? It turns out that whether one’s actions are “violent” depends on who you ask, and the answer can have far-ranging consequences under Colorado and federal law.

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