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 >>
After 31 officer-involved shootings in Phoenix in 2013, and another eight so far in 2012, an Arizona House committee held a hearing yesterday to try to find the reasons why there have been so many shootings.Two Phoenix councilmen plus a sergeant from the Phoenix Police Department gave various explan ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer, recalled redneck pol Russell Pearce, Brewer's "brain" Chuck Coughlin, and Attorney General Tom "Hit-and-Run" Horne best hope and pray there is no afterlife. Because if there is, I virtually can assure them that they, along with their pal Sheriff Joe, will roast in a hot tub o ... More >>
The 16-year-old girl who had a plan that Sheriff Joe Arpaio declared "almost meets the profile of what happened in [Newtown], Connecticut" has been released from custody. Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman Vincent Funari tells New Times that a judge ordered the girl to be released on an electr ... More >>
We are loathe to spend much more time on the legal doings of Paradise Valley businessman Brian Weymouth, at least until things move forward in the pending major felony criminal case against him. Hell, we just published a cover story on the guy, describing how he alleg ... More >>
The feds launched a new assault in their fight against medical marijuana today, threatening to seize the property of California medical marijuana dispensaries unless they close within 45 days.If there's no push-back from the states that have legalized weed for qualified patients, including Arizona, ... More >>
Governor Jan BrewerArizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ) held a press conference this morning to announce the release of a report highlighting the need for sentencing reform. The study, conducted by Judith Greene of Justice Strategies, notes that the state's criminal justice policies hav ... More >>
Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley filed a precursor to a lawsuit today against the county and various elected officials -- including himself -- for alleged malicious prosecution and other grievances. He wants $5 million for his troubles. The notice of claim was fil ... More >>
Image: Yuma County Judge Andrew Gould, you've just entered the Twilight Zone...A couple more turns of the screw to report this morning on the county front: 1. Former Arizona Chief Justice Ruth McGregor -- a retiree who just returned from an out-of-country trip -- ruled that a ... More >>
Andrew Thomas is sounding just a wee bit paranoid these days ...Someone call a shrink, stat!That was our thought after reading Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas' revealing interview with the Arizona Republic over the weekend. Thomas was apparently giving the daily of record his first c ... More >>
The first reason why the racketeering lawsuit filed today against county leaders is probably going nowhere: It's being handled by Lisa Aubuchon, the deputy county attorney who has consistently blown politically sensitive cases for Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Under Aubuchon's leadership, ... More >>
County Attorney Andrew ThomasThe Maricopa County Attorney's Office wants to charge a second teen attacker as an adult in the sexual assault of an 8-year-old Liberian girl.Last month, police say the 8-year-old was sexually assaulted by four Liberian boys -- ages 9, 10, 13, and 14. After the ... More >>
How do deputy prosecutors sleep at night, when they are charged by their elected bosses to rack up as many warm bodies in prison as possible, to overlook exculpatory evidence, to cull only those facts from a case that lead to conviction, and ignore all others? Sure, it's their living. But after ... More >>
Arpaio's lawyer can't explain away his fudged résumé
Judge Baca, keepin' the Sheriff in line: You go, girl! Poor Sheriff Joe. He claims he's running out of money, and has to cut corners all over the place, though he still finds the moolah to chase illegal immigrants no matter what. Now Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Anna Baca has bitchslapped o ... More >>
An immigrant wills his estate to a convicted killer from his homeland and dies the next day. Anything smell fishy?
Sandra Dowling left a huge mess. Now she's trying to stop the cleanup
A federal investigation documents serious abuses at the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
From Governor Janet Napolitano down, Arizona authorities have protected polygamous sexual predators with their indifference
Has ex-governor J. Fife Symington III gotten his just desserts?
An alleged rape at a county psych ward has Maricopa County acting like a schizophrenic
Letters from the week of August 8, 2002
Drastic cuts show the state's Clemency Board no mercy
Letters from the week of May 2, 2002
From the week of December 27, 2001
From the week of July 12, 2001
Check-out time is age 18
Pickup owner driven to distraction by vehicle forfeiture snafu
Local distributor of "party drug" ingredient held on $5 million bail in biggest GHB bust in U.S. history
Police go to great lengths -- including civil injunctions -- to combat gangs. The jury is out on their effectiveness
Year after year, Murphy school district officials watched their students die in a hail of violence. They decided to take matters into their own hands.
It took years, and some luck, to unravel Symington's web of deceit
Martha Symington's lawyer tells jury of governor's profligacy
The state police force is riven with dissent over the governor's politicization of the department. Leading the list of complaints are rapid advancement of unqualified Symington cronies, the governor's misuse of the DPS plane, and scarce resources for crim
His daughter is a gubernatorial confidante. His appointment raised questions of cronyism. But it was Judge Ramon Alvarez's strange behavior in the courtroom that made him a target of misconduct allegations.
Dr. Willard Hunter's repeated misprescription of dangerous drugs has contributed to two deaths. But the state medical board doesn't see any reason to revoke his doctor's license.
UNDER ITS "REUNIFICATION-FIRST" POSICY, THE STATE OF ARIZONA ROUTINELY FORCES CHILDREN TO LIVE WITH PARENTS WHO ARE UNFIT GUARDIANS BY ANY DEFINITION
CARERAS CAPTURED THE JAILHOUSE SCUFFLE THAT LEFT A PHOENIX MAN WITH EIGHT BROKEN RIBS. NOW THAT HE'S SUING, THE TAPE HAS DISAPPEARED.
WHEN IT WAS OVER, PHOENIX COP JOE PEREZ ADMITTED HE'D DONE WRONG. LOOK WHERE IT GOT HIM.