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2002 Stories by Paul Rubin

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  • Death Wish

    published December 26, 2002

    One of Arizona's most reviled killers apparently is going to have to wait much longer to get his wish -- to die by lethal injection. On... More >>

  • Court House Scoundrels

    published December 19, 2002

    In June 1993, an attorney for the discipline unit of the Vermont State Bar sent a letter to her counterpart in Arizona. It alerted the local Bar... More >>

  • Welcome Back Warrior

    published November 21, 2002

    Brian Callan marched into Bell Road Toyota shortly before noon on September 1 toting a 12-gauge shotgun. Unhappy over a lease deal he'd signed... More >>

  • Speedball

    published November 7, 2002

    To hear this clean-cut, seemingly earnest ex-major league baseball player tell it, it doesn¹t get much better than a methamphetamine... More >>

  • Mental Giant

    published September 26, 2002

    On August 26, longtime mental-health advocate Jack Harvey stepped into familiar haunts to deliver some God-awful news. "I just had to let... More >>

  • Prince of Hearts

    published September 19, 2002

    Three-year-old Xzavion Gonzales looks up at his mother in a preoperative room at Phoenix Children's Hospital. "Am I gonna die,... More >>

  • Justice Delayed

    published August 29, 2002

    Felony prosecutor Juan Martinez is despised by many defense attorneys, mainly because he relentlessly plays hardball on the job. He rarely plea... More >>

  • Insufficient Notice

    published July 11, 2002

    Severe budget cuts have gutted the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency, and its executive director says he's "deeply concerned" that the agency no... More >>

  • Dead Man Talking

    published June 27, 2002

    Death-row inmate Robert Comer says he's "regained control" of his life, an ironic choice of words in light of a judge's decision last week to... More >>

  • Brown Out

    published June 27, 2002

    Franklin Brown, whose controversial account of being ambushed and shot on Lower Buckeye Road in July 2000 once won him honors as one of America's... More >>

  • Pitcher Perfect

    published June 20, 2002

    Chuck Kniffin steps out of the Arizona Diamondbacks dugout into the late-morning sunshine. The team's new pitching coach is accompanied by Randy... More >>

  • Going Strong

    published May 23, 2002

    Buddy Strong sauntered through the throng during an intermission at the Cricket Pavilion last Sunday night, looking for friends and family there... More >>

  • Escape From Tempe

    published May 16, 2002

    Longtime Tempe resident Babak Dehghanpisheh knew long before he graduated from college in 1993 that he needed to see the world before he sorted... More >>

  • Purple Reign

    published May 16, 2002

    It's been three weeks since the artist currently known as Prince helped to christen the Dodge Theatre with a show that left the sellout crowd,... More >>

  • Shrinking Staff

    published May 9, 2002

    Until a few weeks ago, it seemed certain that beloved Maricopa County Jail psychiatrist Leonardo Garcia-Bunuel had lost his job of 28... More >>

  • Arizona's Worst Criminal

    published May 2, 2002

    Soon after Robert "Gypsy" Comer awakes each morning, he starts walking. Comer knows that 300 laps around his cell makes one mile, and he keeps... More >>

  • A Shot in the Dark

    published March 21, 2002

    Phoenix police officer Franklin Brown Jr. has returned to the scene of the crime."Right here is where it started," he says, standing on an... More >>

  • Under Fire

    published March 21, 2002

    Police officers throughout the country have been caught -- and some even prosecuted -- for falsifying reports of being shot on duty. In... More >>

  • Steamed

    published March 7, 2002

    Maricopa County bureaucrats again are dogging the handful of folks who make a living by selling wieners around the downtown Phoenix... More >>

  • Snow Job

    published February 28, 2002

    Fresh from the Winter Olympics, Dr. Bob Harmison has resumed teaching at Phoenix's Argosy University, where he is a professor of sports... More >>

  • The Advocate

    published February 21, 2002

    Let this be stated for the record: Ulises Ferragut Jr.'s mother loves him. Marie Brito says she knew her older of two children was special,... More >>

  • Appealing Outcome

    published February 14, 2002

    In his first moments of freedom in almost nine years, Victor Donald bought coffee and sunflower seeds at a Circle K, then asked his wife, Leticia,... More >>

  • The Big Sleep

    published February 14, 2002

    For six weeks in the summer of 1999, national media congregated at the Maricopa County courthouse to observe the Scott Falater "Sleepwalking... More >>

  • Expert Tease

    published January 24, 2002

    The tale that Kim Logerquist told on the morning of January 12, 1992, was shocking.Logerquist sat in the offices of a Green Bay, Wisconsin,... More >>

  • Hunter's Suit Shot Down

    published January 24, 2002

    A Maricopa County jury took only a few hours last week to inform an aggrieved bear hunter that his lawsuit was way off target.That's how long... More >>

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