Arizona House Minority Leader, Democrat Chad Campbell, has offered up some legislative proposals that are supposed to target gun violence -- one of the few plans we've heard of around here that doesn't include more guns.As a whole, his plan's chance of becoming law is zero percent, but let's get an ... More >>
To the credit of the Arizona House Minority Leader, Democrat Chad Campbell, he unveiled a pretty wide-ranging plan to change laws related to school safety, mental health, and guns.Unfortunately for Campbell, he's in the blood-red legislature in Arizona, so let's just say it's the thought that counts ... More >>
It's no secret -- not really -- that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has a son who is seriously mentally ill. During her years in the state legislature and as a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, she mentioned it often in passing, and earned a reputation as a big-hearted advoc ... More >>
We wouldn't wish this job on our worst enemy.Seeking to somehow manage the chaos that has engulfed the justice system in Maricopa County -- what with the county's presiding criminal court judge facing bizarre charges, a host of judges accused of being part of a "criminal enterprise," and ... More >>
Will Andrew Thomas be stopped from handling criminal cases, too? Some defense lawyers are working on it.Earlier this year, the county took away the Maricopa County Attorney's Office ability to represent the board of supervisors -- setting up a separate "civil litigation" department that ans ... More >>
Image: Pool picture taken by Repub photographer The chief deputy for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office told a judge yesterday he believed intrusion into a law enforcement computer system "was imminent," the Arizona Republic reported this morning. Apparently, that's the reason the chief de ... More >>
A conflict of interest between Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and the county Board of Supervisors over the investigation of a planned court tower creates the "appearance of evil," a judge has ruled. The background: In the midst of a feud with the County Supervisors, Thomas and ... More >>
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge today rejected a bid by County Attorney Andrew Thomas to change a judge in the politically loaded criminal case of County Supervisor Don Stapley. Thomas (pictured) feels retired Judge Kenneth Fields, assigned to the Stapley case, is biased agains ... More >>
County law enforcement's attack on the judiciary didn't work, but the war's far from over
The iron fist in the velvet glove: Smoothie Judge Burke crushes the C.A. and Wilenchik's 10.1 motion like it was an empty Pepsi can. In a quick ruling on yesterday's 10.1 hearing in which County Attorney Candy Thomas' well-paid attack schnauzer Dennis "Demon Dog" Wilenchik asked for Judge Timothy ... More >>
It's up to Governor Janet Napolitano to make sure history doesn't repeat itself that is, boldly reform juvenile corrections. Or at least make sure someone's watching
The County Attorney's Office declared war on a respected judge after he called a prosecutor's actions racist
An all-star indie cast dramatizes the new face of AIDS death
Despite promises of true reform, legislators appear bent on shelling out more money to private prison companies
Arizona's prisons are packed. Building more would cost millions. Governor Janet Napolitano wants to lockup even more people. But others say it may be time to let a few out.
Federal investigation into juvenile corrections broad but slow
Justice Department examines conditions at state youth facilities
Despite public scrutiny, abuse continues at the state's juvenile corrections facilities
Governor ignores calls for investigation of abuses within juvenile corrections
From the week of July 26, 2001
Community leaders call for independent task force
From the week of July 19, 2001
Isolated, abused and lacking mental health care, do juvenile offenders leave state custody in worse shape than when they went in?
Civil suits take back seat to criminal cases in county's full court press
Arizona political leaders know the answers but can't seem to pass the violence-prevention test
Twenty years ago-- as gangs began their rise in the valley-shortsighted civic leaders slashed youth programs. Today's troubled kids are still paying the price.
The county's jails are crammed full. But not with the dangerous felons backers of an initiative to raise money for new jails would have you believe.
A gruesome death has cost Arizona's multimillion-dollar teen rehabilitation industry a bundle. But it's not because the state is determined to stop the abuse.
The nursing assistant was fired for sexual misconduct. But when he was charged with crimes, Samaritan Health System decided he deserved the best defense money could buy.
State auditor general confirms that Sheriff Arpaio misspent $122,419
Fighting a legal war on multiple fronts, Symington and his attorneys turn to a time-honored tactic: stonewalling
The Department of Juvenile Corrections helped create an overcrowding crisis in state juvenile facilities--to the benefit of a private contractor that employs two former state officials
Mitchell Vanorsby was awaiting trial for armed robbery when a judge let him out of jail. Now he's back behind bars, awaiting trial for murder.
A LOOPHOLE HAS ALLOWED THE MENTALLY INCOMPETENT TO COMMIT CRIME AFTER CRIME, WITHOUT BEING PUNISHED OR PLACED UNDER SUPERVISION
A BIASED SYSTEM OF JUVENILE JUSTICE LEFT THAT AS HENRY CRUZ'S ONLY CHOICE