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2001 Stories by Paul Rubin

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  • Helping Lucia

    published December 20, 2001

    In April 1999, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Michael McVey sentenced Lucia America Diaz to five years intensive probation on charges that... More >>

  • Disbar Dispute

    published December 6, 2001

    If you're thinking of hiring a woman by the name of Connie Zakrajsek to be your attorney, think again. Maricopa County court officials recently... More >>

  • Doctor Derailed

    published November 29, 2001

    Phoenix native Debbie Knight says she's satisfied with the prison sentence meted out November 9 to infamous "Internet Doctor" Pietr Hitzig. Hitzig... More >>

  • Murky Waters

    published October 18, 2001

    A vase of plastic flowers rests on its side atop a tiny unmarked grave in Section 53 of Phoenix's Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery. Valeria Rico... More >>

  • Finkel Aborted

    published October 18, 2001

    Dr. Brian Finkel, the Phoenix abortion doctor now under criminal investigation for allegedly molesting several of his patients, has been suspended... More >>

  • Solitary Man

    published September 27, 2001

    On August 31, Arizona State Prison inmate Mark Koch finally got some good news. It happened more than five years after prison officials... More >>

  • Bedside Matter

    published September 20, 2001

    Editor's Note: The names of the women who filed police reports against Dr. Brian Finkel have been changed to protect their... More >>

  • Harrod for Hire

    published August 2, 2001

    The Arizona Supreme Court on July 16 upheld the death-penalty conviction of James "Butch" Harrod in the 1988 execution of Phoenix heiress Jeanne... More >>

  • Fen-Phen Finish

    published July 12, 2001

    A federal judge has convicted Fen-Phen doctor Pietr Hitzig of illegally prescribing the now-banned diet-drug combination over the Internet to... More >>

  • A Mother's Torch

    published June 28, 2001

    A few hours after Kelly Blake set fire to herself and her three kids on the morning of March 20, 1998, a Phoenix police detective spoke with her... More >>

  • Payback Time

    published June 28, 2001

    Nancy Etta Elliston, the longtime leader of Arizona's private fiduciary industry, was sentenced Friday afternoon to six years in prison for... More >>

  • This Jew Won't Bunt

    published June 28, 2001

    I was watching CNN on the evening of June 1. The news hit me hard."It was the beginning of the Sabbath weekend," anchor Bill Hemmer said, "and... More >>

  • Fire Damage

    published June 14, 2001

    Jane Dee Hull turned around and smiled at the two widows who were standing behind her."I'm happy to have this bill in front of me -- at last,"... More >>

  • AIDS and Abetting

    published May 24, 2001

    Prostitutes often frequent the parking lot of the Tempe Bowl on Apache Boulevard, so police keep a close eye on the area. When Officer R.M.... More >>

  • Shape Up or Sharpe Out

    published May 3, 2001

    The tortured personal and legal saga of Luis Sharpe took yet another turn April 19 when a judge released the former Arizona Cardinals star to a... More >>

  • Fen-Phen Follow-Up

    published April 12, 2001

    Federal authorities prosecuting the infamous "Internet Doctor," Pietr Hitzig, visited the Valley late last month as their case against the West... More >>

  • The Final Straw

    published March 29, 2001

    "I know if I had shut up, they probably would have ruled it an accident."-- Brian Eftenoff to New Times a month before... More >>

  • Fid Life Crisis

    published March 22, 2001

    The onetime godmother of Arizona's private fiduciary industry will be going to prison for stealing money from clients over a period of several... More >>

  • Begging Your Pardon

    published March 15, 2001

    Michael Hester awoke January 21 inside an Arizona state prison, where he's been for the past eight years. The 54-year-old Vietnam veteran is doing... More >>

  • Rx: Retrial

    published February 22, 2001

    At first blush, career criminal John Arthur Smith's gripes about his trial attorney's shortcomings sound painfully familiar. In 1985, a Maricopa... More >>

  • Man of La Muncha

    published February 8, 2001

    One morning last week, as he's done for a quarter-century, Eddie Haramina set up shop in front of the county courthouse in downtown Phoenix. He... More >>

  • Romley's Richelieu

    published January 18, 2001

    Though he rarely sets foot in a courtroom anymore, Barnett Lotstein is one of Arizona's most high-profile prosecutors. The loquacious attorney... More >>

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