A Phoenix police officer's fatal shooting of Phoenix resident Michelle Cusseaux will be investigated by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Cusseaux, 50, was fatally shot by Phoenix Police Officer Percy Dupra on August 14, after police say she threatened officers with a hammer when they went t ... More >>
A class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of about 33,000 Arizona prisoners is likely headed to trial this fall. Attorneys for the Arizona Department of Corrections had sought a summary judgment in the case, which would have prevented a trial, but U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake denied that motion. ... More >>
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily halted the execution of an Arizona death-row inmate as he attempts to get information about the state's new lethal-injection method.The state plans to execute Joseph R. Wood for the 1989 murders of his estranged girlfriend and her father, but the st ... More >>
Disgraced legal professionals Lisa Aubuchon and Rachel Alexander hope to avoid paying the cost of their disciplinary proceedings with a fresh lawsuit they filed last week. The civil complaint filed on July 2 is yet another piece of fallout from the "unholy collaboration" of Maricopa County Sheriff ... More >>
DUI task forces around the state arrested 389 people on DUI charges over Independence Day weekend.That's pretty much on-par with the DUI enforcement over the same weekend last year, when 361 people were arrested on DUI charges, according to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
Reports of hundreds of migrants being flown to Phoenix and released at a bus station are missing half the story -- these women and children are seeking asylum in the United States.The people being released are doing so under what's called humanitarian parole, allowing them to stay in the United Stat ... More >>
Phoenix criminal-defense attorney Dwane Cates was robbed at gunpoint inside his office last month.Cates says if the men are caught, he'll fight for a "second chance" for those robbers and ask that they be placed on probation if it's their first offense.
Arizona State University is one of 55 higher-education institutions nationwide that's being investigated for possible improper handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights today released the list of all the schools under investigati ... More >>
State prison inmates and dead people received food stamps and welfare benefits paid out by the Arizona government, according to state auditors.The Department of Economic Security's Division of Benefits and Medical Eligibility is tasked with assessing eligibility of Arizonans for the federal programs ... More >>
The Arizona Senate approved a bill that would make it a felony to share someone else's nude pictures without his or her permission.Although the House already approved the bill, it was amended in the Senate to classify the sharing of "revenge porn" as a domestic-violence crime, which essentially make ... More >>
By now, you've likely heard the story of Shanesha Taylor, who was arrested on child-abuse charges for leaving her kids in a hot car during a job interview.People across the country who don't think Taylor committed a crime have since signed petitions and donated money to Taylor, although it seems tha ... More >>
No surprise here: Phoenix isn't exactly one of the safest cities in Arizona.Read on to find the 10 safest cities in Arizona, where you might die of boredom, but most likely not as a result of a violent crime:
The Arizona Department of Corrections will be using a new mix of drugs to carry out its lethal injections -- a mixture of drugs that were first used to execute an inmate in this country just two months ago.Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced today that two drugs, medazolam and hydromorphone ... More >>
From Friday through St. Patrick's Day yesterday, DUI task forces around the state made 413 DUI arrests.Although you might expect most of the arrests to have come yesterday, a majority of those arrests (233) were actually made on Friday and Saturday.
Lawyers for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne have hit upon yet another less-than-ingenious strategy to save him and his outreach director Kathleen Winn from being found guilty of campaign finance violations, and possibly fined $1.2 million. That is, to accuse FBI agent Brian Grehoski - one of the ... More >>
One man shot another man in the face inside a 7-Eleven store in Chandler last night, according to police.The man's injury isn't life-threatening, but this is the second time in less than two weeks that a customer of a Chandler business shot another customer inside the store.
Amid all the outrage over ASU fraternity brothers having an "MLK Black Party," in which white students mocked black people to go along with the party's theme, there is one person who's defending the students who hosted the party.Michael Meyers, who's black, and the head of the New York Civil Rights ... More >>
The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal of a decision on Arizona's ban on abortions past 20 weeks of gestation, which was found by a lower court to be unconstitutional.The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had blocked the law from taking effect.
From the week of Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, DUI task forces around the state arrested nearly 4,000 people on charges of driving under the influence.According to stats provided by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, there were actually fewer DUI arrests this holiday season (3,942), tha ... More >>
Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, Debra Milke gets a break in her murder retrial, former Phoenix cop Richard Chrisman is headed to the can, an ambulance thief is also headed to prison, and much more:
Since the week of Thanksgiving, nearly 1,000 people around Arizona have been arrested for DUI by one of the DUI task forces around the state.These task forces operate from late November through the end of the year (as they have in previous years), and stats from the Governor's Office of Highway safe ... More >>
A Glendale man who apparently threatened people with an assault rifle at a party last month was shot and killed by an armed partygoer.We checked back in on the case after discovering that gun enthusiasts have hailed the shooter, whom police have identified as 39-year-old James Rakes, as a hero who s ... More >>
Two Border Patrol agents received prison sentences for violating the civil rights of men they found trying to smuggle marijuana in southern Arizona five years ago.Agents Dario Castillo, 25, of Yuma, and Ramon Zuniga, age 31, of San Luis, were each sentenced to two years in prison, plus three years o ... More >>
A corrupt Border Patrol agent was sentenced to 15 years in prison for taking bribes in exchange for helping a drug-trafficking organization do its work.Former Agent Ivhan Daniel Herrera-Chiang actually got more prison time than his partner-in-crime Michael Lopez-Garcia, a former Arizona Department o ... More >>
Phoenix Police have released the names of the four people killed in a shooting rampage Saturday, October 26, at a Phoenix townhome near West Hazelwood and 17th Avenue. The name of the suspect, who died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, was also released. According to police, the four vi ... More >>
Five people were found shot to death at a Phoenix apartment complex Saturday morning, October 26. According to reports, two dogs were also killed. That makes nine murders in the past week (although one of those killed in Saturday's shooting spree may have been the assailant, according to prelimina ... More >>
A man convicted of seven murders was executed today at the state prison in Florence.Robert Jones, 43, is the second inmate to be put to death in the state this year.
There have been at least 13 people "accidentally" shot and killed in Arizona this year.Just last week, 27-year-old Florence resident Robert DeArman III was killed after he was checking out a friend's gun, and handed it back. One of the men accidentally pulled the trigger during the exchange, and DeA ... More >>
Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, a former elementary school teacher was sentenced to prison for his child-porn collection, a child molester got more prison time than a murderer, and more:
Who better to help me inaugurate a new category in this blog, entitled "Bigotry Is Expensive," than the man known for sucking all of the air out of the room and the all of the cash out of taxpayers' wallets, Sheriff Joe Arpaio? In case you missed it, Arpaio just cost us another $7.3 million-plus in ... More >>
There have been at least 12 people "accidentally" shot and killed in Arizona this year.Just this week, a Pinal County man tried to "scare" his girlfriend by pointing a gun at her and pulling the trigger. There was a bullet in that gun, and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Ramiro De ... More >>
Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, the parents of a disabled boy take a plea deal in an abuse case, two suspected murders plead not-guilty, a former Scottsdale CPA is found guilty of theft, and more.
There have been at least 11 people "accidentally" shot and killed in Arizona this year.Just this week, a 24-year-old Phoenix woman was killed after her boyfriend's gun discharged as he pulled it out of his waistband. See the details on the 11 shootings below.
Makeshift memorials for Austin Del Castillo are set up at the corner of Mill Avenue and University Drive in Tempe, where Del Castillo was shot by Tempe police earlier this month."Don't believe what the news says[,] the police definitely have a choice," read signs posted at that corner.After a week i ... More >>
Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, Debra "Death-Row Debbie" Milke is out of jail, two people were found guilty of murder, a man with bad excuses for hitting a bicyclist gets his punishment, and more:
Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, a crappy mom gets probation for trying to give away her baby, the murder case that no jurors seem to able to agree on, Jodi Arias acts like Jodi Arias, and more:
Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, the state rested its murder case against former Phoenix cop Richard Chrisman, Chris Simcox may be offered a plea deal, a frat boy may get off the hook in a flaming Everclear incident, and mor ... More >>
Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.This week, an ex-Phoenix cop accused of murder goes to trial, jury selection starts in re-trial of Buddhist temple massacre suspect, a youth minister is found guilty of molestation, and more:
There have been at least 10 people "accidentally" shot and killed in Arizona this year.Just this week, a 56-year-old Prescott Valley man was killed after he asked his wife to grab his shotgun for him, and the gun discharged during the transfer, fatally wounding him.
Who better than a prisoner to criticize Arizona's prison system? The most recent issue of Prison Legal News, a monthly magazine largely written for prisoners by prisoners, features a long, detailed overview of what's wrong with the Arizona Department of Corrections, including ADC's alarming suicide ... More >>
Welcome to another installment of Most Wanted -- New Times' weekly post featuring scofflaws, including suspects in robberies, homicides and assault cases, sex offenders who've absconded, and even "dead beat" parents who aren't shelling out court-ordered child support. Suspects featured here are pre ... More >>
A motorcycle club called the "Sons of Hell" is suing several Arizona law-enforcement agencies, alleging multiple violations of their constitutional rights.The bikers claim in a federal lawsuit that cops treat them as a gang "based solely on their associations and friendships with the Hells Angels Mo ... More >>
At what point do you just toss your keys to the cops after getting pulled over for DUI?Apparently if this is the seventh time you've been pulled over for DUI, and the third time this year.
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 >>
Black and Latino leaders in Phoenix think voting rights for minorities in Arizona are about to take a step back now that Arizona and eight other states no longer need federal approval on new voting laws.They may not want to hold their breath for what they're demanding, though -- that Congress fix th ... More >>