Arizona's medical-marijuana law is so vague, the state can't prosecute patients who sell pot to other patients, a Pima County Superior Court judge has ruled. The offbeat, July 2 ruling and dismissal of a criminal case by Judge Richard Fields has the potential to open up all sorts of entrepreneurial ... More >>
Arizonans who want to fight marijuana prohibition in this state have two strong allies in powerful positions: State Senator Kimberly Yee and Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk. Like would-be leaders of a modern-day women's temperance movement, the two Arizona politicians share a strong belief that ... More >>
Phoenix officials and one of our favorite local curmudgeons, gun-law expert Alan Korwin, are scheduled for a courtroom showdown next month over banned firearms-training ads. The case was launched following the city's move to censor 50 bus-shelter ads that Korwin had purchased in October 2010 for hi ... More >>
Looks like Steve Nash is going to have to pay child support to his ex-wife, after all. A ruling today by the Arizona Court of Appeals erases a Maricopa County Superior Court judge's finding on what the NBA star should pay in child support to ex-wife Alejandra Amarilla, opening the door for a substa ... More >>
At his Wednesday press conference where he doubled-down on his support of deceitful ex-Phoenix detective Armando Saldate, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery insisted that Debra Milke, the person Saldate put on death row, would remain nonbondable pending trial. "I want to underscore, she's not ... More >>
Jodi Arias asked the jury in her long-running murder trial to spare her life, contradicting previous statements that she preferred the death penalty to life in prison. She failed to apologize for killing ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in her highly anticipated statement to the jury today. See bel ... More >>
In 2006, police searched nationwide for a Queen Creek man accused of a machete attack on his estranged wife and her boyfriend. The manhunt ended within days after Chandler cops arrested 33-year-old Armando Lopez Jr., who was accused of assaulting the pair inside the woman's home in Magma Ranc ... More >>
We wrote a recent cover story about the twisted case of former Ahwatukee resident Jeffrey Martinson, convicted late last year in the child-abuse murder of his 5-year-old son, Josh. Among other issues, the piece considered allegations of juror misconduct that led to an extended heari ... More >>
Judicial Watch, the Washington, D.C.-based conservative think-tank that went after Phoenix to force them to release logs maintained by Mayor Phil Gordon's security detail, is pleased with a recent court decision ordering their disclosure."Judicial Watch is excited by the ruling because it creates ... More >>
Phoenix Mayor Phil GordonPhoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, who only has about a week left in office, may be forced to release security-detail logs that track two years' worth of his movements.The Arizona Court of Appeals reversed a ruling by a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Rea that protected ... More >>
Would-be marijuana dispensary owners and their lawyers filed lawsuits today in an attempt to reverse Governor Jan Brewer's attack on a voter-approved law. Last month, Brewer directed state Attorney General Tom Horne to file a federal lawsuit against the new law, which voters narrow ... More >>
An artist rendering of the Nation's proposed West Valley casino.The Arizona Court of Appeals has delivered a blow to Glendale officials trying to block the Tohono O'odham Nation from building a resort-style casino near the city's border.The court ruled on May 3 that the Nation's entire 135-acre p ... More >>
Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley won his 2008 criminal case today in the state Court of Appeals. The Arizona Court of Appeals has agreed that Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley did not violate any financial disclosure law, ending a tainted criminal case against him. The ruling today ... More >>
Chrisman:Scouring the want ads tonight?Phoenix Police Officer Richard Chrisman, who faces a second-degree murder charge in the October 5 shooting death of South Phoenix resident Daniel Rodriguez, was terminated today by the City of Phoenix. Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sergeant Tommy Thompson ... More >>
Andrew Thomas is seeking $23.5 million in his claim against Maricopa County Unreal. The same people responsible for tens of millions in claims being filed against Maricopa County are now drooling after their own pot of gold. Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and David He ... More >>
Sherman Unkefer brags that his new company makes $250,000 a month. Victims of his 1980s-era fraud case may yet get a piece of that action. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office will "definitely" still pursue a 22-year-old, $7.5 million restitution case against former gold mogul Sherman Unkef ... More >>
Image: Dan Saban Dan Saban's defamation lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, like his SmartCar, had no get-up-and-go.Dan Saban, who ran twice against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has lost his appeal of a failed defamation lawsuit he filed three years ago against Arpaio and hi ... More >>
Dan Saban has dropped his SCA-related defamation lawsuit to focus on the appeal of an earlier, failed lawsuit.Dan Saban has dropped his lawsuit against the Republican Party, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and various players linked to the shady fund-raising club called the Sheriff's ... More >>
The Arizona Court of Appeals today upheld a Maricopa County judge's contempt-of-court ruling against a sheriff's detention officer who lifted legal papers from a criminal-defense attorney in open court and had them copied. Gary Donahoe, who until recently was the county's presi ... More >>
Sheriff Joe gets a third strike in his attempt to read court email.Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has lost yet another round in his near-endless quest to read the email of Superior Court judges.This decision, from the Arizona Court of Appeals, appears to mark the third such rejection. A ... More >>
Scottsdale Mayor Jim LaneLast month, the Arizona League of Cities and Towns defended the city of Phoenix's $97 million CityNorth subsidy -- going so far as to file an amicus brief asking the Arizona Supreme Court to overturn the appellate decision that struck down the subsidy as unconstitution ... More >>
We finally quit laughing over a January 29 news release from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and are now able to write about it. The release involves a request for public records Sheriff Arpaio's minions made in late 2007 to the county's Superior Court -- a blatant fishing expedi ... More >>
We fought the law, and we won. Again. Tuesday the Arizona Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's ruling, finding that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office "wrongfully denied New Times access to public records," sending the case back to superior court "for a further determination on the issue of a ... More >>
Eftenoff's murder sentence upheld
Drastic cuts show the state's Clemency Board no mercy
Court of Appeals upholds conviction of 'Sleepwalking Murderer'
Inmate finally wins his own freedom after six-year legal fight
A head-on collision leads an impoverished young widow into a legalistic cul-de-sac. She'll be circling the courts for years.
Tempe activist terminates mayoral bid
They call it "Snake Farm." Lawyers like Cal Thur battle State Farm to protect consumers from their own insurance company. Moral of the story: Don't have an accident.
"Committing the Truth" follow-up
Zlaket casts misguided stones in controversial rape case
Public complaints about racism have created firestorms of recrimination at the Glendale police department. Is psychological counseling a remedy for the conflict -- or retaliation against officers who spoke out?
JAMES MCPHEETERS BEAT A MOLESTATION RAP, BUT WAS SENTENCED TO 561 YEARS FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. AN APPELLATE COURT SAYS HE DESERVES A NEW TRIAL.
A LOOPHOLE HAS ALLOWED THE MENTALLY INCOMPETENT TO COMMIT CRIME AFTER CRIME, WITHOUT BEING PUNISHED OR PLACED UNDER SUPERVISION
THE COURT RETURNED LALITA ALTAHA TO HER NATURAL MOTHER, AND A LIFE OF UNHAPPINESS AT FORT APACHE