Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk provided the blade. Now it's up to AG Goddard and President Obama to use it
Supervisor Don Stapley, one of two Maricopa County supes under criminal indictment, has hired a new defense attorney to defend him against the latest set of charges he faces from County Attorney Andrew Thomas. His name is Kurt Altman (pictured), and he earned his stripe ... More >>
It's 51 down, 67 criminal counts to go for Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley. The county leader under investigation and indictment for failure to follow campaign finance disclosure laws convinced Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fields to dismiss nearly half the counts on a tech ... More >>
Don StapleyWe knew it!We've long been of the opinion that the disclosure forms mandated by the Arizona Secretary of State for public officials are confusing as hell. Every time we read these things, in fact, we find ourselves wondering how the doltish pols we typically deal with are able to sort ... More >>
Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley faces 118 criminal counts for supposedly failing to disclose his land holdings to the public -- in particular, his association with convicted felon Conley Wolfswinkel. But according to an explosive new filing from Stapley's attorneys, Stapley ... More >>
It's true: We've had an ongoing chuckle at the expense of Lisa Aubuchon, the hapless prosecutor assigned to the Don Stapley case. But Aubuchon's most recent filing in this case isn't so much funny as pathetic. For one thing, she disses us. (Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas' offic ... More >>
In my Wednesday blog post ("County Attorney’s office (finally) files `Notice of Intent to Dismiss' charges in Lacey/Larkin matter"), I mentioned a cryptic document recently filed by Chief Assistant County Attorney Sally Wolfgang Wells, entitled, "State's Report of Document Search." Responding to ... More >>
Besides personally demanding our arrests, Andy Thomas' special prosecutor sought to bankrupt New Times over a misdemeanor and lock up our lawyers
"A day late and a dollar short," laughed Village Voice Media Executive Editor Mike Lacey when asked to comment on the latest bit of legal paperwork to cross his desk, the "State's Notice of Intent to Dismiss," which was filed November 7 by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, and received on Nov ... More >>
Andy Thomas eats crow to save his political career, but wants us to apologize to Sheriff Joe. Fat chance
No surprise today that Judge Anna Baca unsealed all the records of the grand jury in the New Times case. Actually, according to her, there was technically no grand jury yet, so the stuff wasn't really secret! (Huh?) Specifically, she said that is was OK for her to release the docs 'cause they were " ... More >>
The County Attorney's Office declared war on a respected judge after he called a prosecutor's actions racist
Why isn't Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien in jail? There are far too many who have left the church because of his bad behavior.
Bishop O'Brien drove away without offering last rites to the man bludgeoned by his Buick. It wasn't the first time he'd left an accident scene.
For decades the state has let a feudal colony of fundamentalist Mormons force underage girls into illegal polygamous marriages
Conviction of Tovrea heiress hit man upheld by Court
In the trial of the decade, Butch Harrod is found guilty of the 1988 murder of wealthy Phoenix widow Jeanne Tovrea
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.
Try as they might, Phoenix police have not been able to get the evidence they need to charge Jeanne Tovrea's stepson in her murder.
Why was socialite Jeanne Tovrea shot to death? Investigators believe a lust for her huge inheritance is a distinct possibility.
WHY IS DEAN BREWER SMILING? OTHERS ARE CLEANING UP HIS FINANCIAL MESS.
DEAN BREWER WAS ALREADY UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION FOR BANKRUPTING A MORTGAGE COMPANY, SO ARIZONA REGULATORS LET HIM TAKE OVER CHARTER TITLE, AND $8 MILLION IS MISSING.
Eyeball to eyeball