DENVER – Colorado’s electors do not have to follow state rules and vote for the presidential candidates who received the most votes in the state, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled on Tuesday.
The court’s 2-1 ruling against the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office could have major effects on future presidential elections if it stands.
The case stems from an ordeal during the 2016 election , when three of the state’s nine electors attempted to vote for John Kasich instead of Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote in Colorado that year.
The reason for the brawl: a parent didn’t like the calls being made by a 13-year-old umpire.
The fight began at Westgate Elementary School in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb southwest of Denver, on Saturday at about noon as 15 to 20 adults got into a violent tussle, according to Lakewood police.
Authorities believe that the two suspects behind the incident at STEM School Highlands Ranch — an adult male and a juvenile male — are students, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said during a news conference.
The suspects “walked into the STEM school, got deep inside the school and engaged students in two separate locations,” the official said. “There were a number of students that were shot and injured.”
Of the eight students taken to nearby hospitals, several are listed in critical condition, according to Spurlock. “No staff or officers” were injured, the sheriff’s office tweeted.
The dead student has not been identified as yet.
Six people were taken to the hospital, including the driver of the semi. That driver, who sustained minor injuries, is now in police custody and is being charged with multiple counts of vehicular homicide, Countryman said. Police did not identify the driver, other than to say he’s not from Colorado.
Parts of I-70 remain closed Friday morning — and highway officials say it isn’t likely to open until sometime Saturday. The closure caused long delays in the morning commute, with investigators still combing the area, and workers trying to clean up debris in the eastbound lanes where the crash took place. Westbound lanes are also closed, with motorists using a detour to avoid a bridge where the greatest damage occurred.