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  • Methology - Part III

    published December 18, 1997

    A Convict's Warning What I do find appalling is that there are a lot of people in here simply for having big mouths and a lack of common... More >>

  • Methology - Part I

    published December 18, 1997

    "Better Than Hawaii" It's 3:43 in the morning and Cyndi and Shana are coloring. They're dressed for comfort in sweat pants and tee... More >>

  • Methology - Part II

    published December 18, 1997

    Meth Roots Methamphetamine is an all-American drug. It should come as no surprise that many embrace a high that can make running errands... More >>

  • Trial and Heir

    published November 27, 1997

    James Cornell "Butch" Harrod is on trial, possibly for his life. He's on the witness stand, trying to convince a jury that he didn't commit one of... More >>

  • The Prodigious Son

    published October 30, 1997

    Seventeen-year-old organist Arthur "Buddy" Strong II is ready to lift the congregation of the Faith Tabernacle Church to a higher place. ... More >>

  • Face Lift

    published October 23, 1997

    Document-preparation king Dick Berry may be back in business, hiding behind a new lawyer who specializes in bankruptcy cases. The U.S.... More >>

  • Take My Wife

    published October 16, 1997

    Every week, estranged spouses ask Maricopa County court commissioner Pete Reinstein to make "emergency" rulings for them in child-custody... More >>

  • Deaf and Damned

    published October 2, 1997

    A few days before Christmas 1955, Artie Martinez took off his clothes and went for a stroll. Sheriff's deputies found Martinez--a... More >>

  • Could You Become Another Artie Marinez Case?

    published October 2, 1997

    Mental-health experts were asked what would happen to someone like Artie Martinez today under circumstances similar to his in 1955: He was taken... More >>

  • Just Mild About Berry

    published September 4, 1997

    On August 14, chief United States Bankruptcy Judge George Nielsen Jr. issued a stern order against Valley document-preparation king Dick... More >>

  • Desperado, Esq.

    published August 21, 1997

    Veteran prosecutor Randy Wakefield greeted a supervisor in his office on the morning of June 4. It wasn't unusual for Jim Blake, the... More >>

  • David v. the System

    published August 7, 1997

    On July 21, Phoenix defense attorney David Erlichman stood before Superior Court Judge Michael Yarnell and said this: "I consider myself... More >>

  • Barrister Behind Bars

    published July 31, 1997

    Wayne Legg handed his wallet, watch and keys to a friend a few minutes before the jury delivered its verdict on Tuesday afternoon. He must... More >>

  • Plain-Spoken Ethel

    published July 24, 1997

    I've interviewed thousands of people during my time as a journalist, but none more memorable than Ethel Marley. In November, we spoke by... More >>

  • License to Bill

    published July 17, 1997

    The U S West Direct Yellow Pages dated March 1997-98 advertises the "low fees--expert service" of attorney Robert L. Devers. "Services limited to... More >>

  • Going for Broke

    published July 17, 1997

    It's the morning of July 3 at the Peoria residence of Gabriel Murrietta and Ramona Flores Seja. They are explaining what it's like to lose their... More >>

  • A Case to Be Made

    published May 29, 1997

    An examination of the Amber Bass case by New Times indicates it's possible prosecutors could file charges under Arizona's child-abuse laws. ... More >>

  • Hard Life, Hard Death

    published May 29, 1997

    Santa Rosa We will not be fainthearted in our search for the truth. I shall plant a rosebush of gentle radiant... More >>

  • The Summer of '95

    published May 8, 1997

    Phoenix Suns fans who were puzzled by the inconsistent play of Kevin Johnson during the playoff series against Seattle should consider this: ... More >>

  • A Long Day's Journey

    published April 10, 1997

    One night in March 1987, Mary and Manny Carbajal and several members of their family gathered around a kitchen table at their home in downtown... More >>

  • A Hap-less Case

    published March 13, 1997

    Part 1 of this series established that animosity between Jeanne Tovrea and her stepchildren led to estrangement and litigation. It showed how... More >>

  • ". . . I'm on a Conveyor Belt to Death Row"

    published March 13, 1997

    James "Butch" Harrod contacted New Times through his sister, June Barney, a few months after his September 1995 arrest. Barney said her... More >>

  • Requiem for a Rogue

    published March 13, 1997

    Descriptions that weren't heard at a memorial service for Phoenix attorney Mike Scott last Saturday morning: Elegant. Subtle. Wimpy. Pompous.... More >>

  • The Suspect's Sidekick

    published March 6, 1997

    The lead news story in Arizona on April 1, 1988, was a grabber. "Socialite found slain," the headline in a Phoenix daily blared. The crime... More >>

  • Death of an Heiress

    published February 27, 1997

    The cop and his prey faced each other in a quiet room at the Phoenix Police Department. It was the early evening of September 14, 1995.... More >>

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