In July, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a law that removes the criminal penalty. That same month, state records show the state paid out two separate settlements to resolve the two lawsuits totaling close to $122,000 to cover the plaintiffs' attorneys fees.
In addition to the settlements, taxpayers also picked up the bill for private attorneys who defended a government official named in the suit. Records obtained from the Denver District Attorney's Office show Denver taxpayers spent $13,275 on a private law firm that defended former DA Mitch Morrissey.