Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.
This week, a Valley attorney gets some jail time for a deadly DUI crash, a former Scottsdale CPA gets a lengthy prison sentence, Jodi Arias gets her news on Twitter, and more:
- Attorney gets 10 days in jail for DUI hit-and-run
Aimee Butel, a Valley attorney and former Maricopa County medical examiner, was accused of running over and killing a woman lying in a roadway while driving drunk, then driving away. The woman Butel hit was lying naked in the road near 34th Street and Thomas Road, but Butel drove away after hitting her. Butel pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an injury collision and a misdemeanor count of DUI. Judge Margaret Mahoney sentenced Butel to three years of supervised probation and 10 days in jail, per the plea agreement.
Next page: Scottsdale accountant gets more than three decades in prison
- Scottsdale CPA gets 35 years in prison
Judge David Gass sentenced former Scottsdale CPA Danny Wise to 35 years in prison for financial crimes, in which he ripped off investors for several million dollars. In 2009, the Arizona Corporation Commission issued one of its largest securities sanctions in history, ordering Wise and his companies to pay $67.2 million in restitution to his clients and an additional $5.7 million in penalties. Wise was eventually indicted on federal charges in the case (his prison term is for the local charges) which the U.S. Attorney's Office called a Ponzi scheme.
Next page: Former prison guard to change roles for a few decades
- Ex-prison guard going to prison for murdering wife
Anthony Rinaldi, a former Arizona Department of Corrections officer, will be headed to prison as an inmate after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and disorderly conduct in the 2011 murder of his wife. Judge Rosa Mroz sentenced Anthony Rinaldi to the maximum term allowable under the plea agreement of 22 years in prison for murder, and three years for disorderly conduct -- which will run consecutively. According to court documents, Rinaldi then 26, said he "snapped" as the two were arguing, and that his "military training kicked in" before he shot his wife. The couple had two children.
Next page: Jodi Arias won't get jurors' Twitter handles
- Judge denies giving jurors' Twitter handles to Jodi Arias
Jodi Arias and her defense team won't be receiving the Twitter handles of the jurors in her penalty phase redo. Arias, who tweets via a surrogate, was mentioned on Twitter by one of the jurors who was chosen as an alternate in her trial, hence the request. Judge Sherry Stephens denied the motion.
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