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2003 Stories by Paul Rubin

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  • Hypocritic Oath

    published December 18, 2003

    In mid-November, more than 200 FBI agents and insurance industry investigators packed into a banquet room at Tampa's Marriott Waterside... More >>

  • Home for the Holidays

    published November 27, 2003

    JoJo Shedd will celebrate her first Thanksgiving on Thursday, and her adoptive mom couldn't be happier. "She's really had an amazing life so... More >>

  • Back to the Future

    published November 13, 2003

    No one pays much attention as the black man in an oversize ball cap walks into the Vietnamese restaurant on Phoenix's west side. A... More >>

  • Trial and Error?

    published October 23, 2003

    The long-expected happened Monday afternoon, when abortion doctor Brian Finkel took the witness stand in his own defense at his sexual assault and... More >>

  • Dying For Love

    published September 25, 2003

    It seemed at first that a sick, elderly woman had died peacefully in her bed after a memorably full life. When Scottsdale police responded to... More >>

  • PLEA Bargain?

    published September 25, 2003

    Last March 11, photographers zoomed in on the disfigured face of Phoenix police officer Jason Schechterle as he sat before a New York State Senate... More >>

  • The Practice

    published August 28, 2003

    As the criminal trial against abortion doctor Brian Finkel entered its first trimester last week, this became clear: When the time comes, Finkel's... More >>

  • Shell Game

    published July 31, 2003

    Six days a week, a large group of teenagers quietly leave their homes before first light for a predetermined location in Tempe. By 4:30,... More >>

  • Courting Death

    published July 3, 2003

    Momentous rulings about anti-sodomy and affirmative action laws stole headlines last week as the U.S. Supreme Court ended its term, but the talk... More >>

  • Off with their heads

    published June 26, 2003

    Bob Storrs looked spent last week as he left a Maricopa County courtroom after trying to save a young killer's life. Storrs has been a... More >>

  • Reconstruction Ring

    published June 26, 2003

    It was one of the least-publicized emergency sessions in memory, but one of the more momentous -- at least for death-row inmates, the families of... More >>

  • Law Less

    published June 12, 2003

    Bert J. Martinez didn't bring a toothbrush to court on June 2, but it would have been a good idea. At the end of a contempt hearing, Superior... More >>

  • Out of Patients

    published May 29, 2003

    A Phoenix hazardous-waste company fired at least two of its "rent-a-patient" employees last week, after revelations that the pair and others at... More >>

  • Surgical Strike

    published May 8, 2003

    Authorities in Orange County, California, raided two surgical clinics after a New Times story revealed that the clinics were part of a... More >>

  • Psych Out

    published May 1, 2003

    A Mesa man who spent almost two years incarcerated at the Maricopa County Jail was freed in late March, on the eve of his trial for sexual... More >>

  • Rent a patient

    published April 24, 2003

    Julio Hernandez says he felt "healthy as a horse" before he agreed to use his body as an instrument for insurance fraud. But during a five-month... More >>

  • Hear No Evil

    published April 17, 2003

    The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing has "inefficiently or inappropriately used over $1 million of public monies" since... More >>

  • Giving the Boot

    published March 27, 2003

    Charles F. Long II, the controversial director of a boot camp for wayward youngsters who's facing murder charges, has lost his private defense... More >>

  • Mettle of Valor

    published March 27, 2003

    Brian Callan, the Marine Corps war veteran whose life ended tragically last year in the parking lot of a Phoenix car dealership ("Welcome Back,... More >>

  • Devils' Advocate

    published March 20, 2003

    Rob Evans faces his basketball team in the locker room at Wells Fargo Arena. It's mid-November, 10 days until opening night, and Arizona State... More >>

  • Winning Season

    published March 20, 2003

    It's one day before Arizona State University's first official practice of the 2002-03 season. The basketball staff meets at Rob and Carolyn... More >>

  • Bada-Boom, Ka-ching, Ka-ching

    published February 20, 2003

    Last year, a Toronto-based video game developer phoned an old pal of his in Scottsdale, Jim Perkins, with a hell of an idea. "John Walsh of... More >>

  • Identity Crisis

    published February 13, 2003

    The cynicism oozing from some members of the legal community about how juries really work was palpable at the Arizona Supreme Court on January... More >>

  • Guilt Trip

    published February 13, 2003

    A few days before a Maricopa County jury deliberated the fate of Ahwatukee salesman Brian Eftenoff in March 2001, he had this to say for... More >>

  • Dangerous Minds

    published January 30, 2003

    Prosecutors at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office say Justin Gregg raped Jennifer McAllister in June 2001, while the pair were patients at a... More >>

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