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Medical Examiner Holds Marcia Powell's Remains as Fiduciary Seeks Next of Kin

12 years ago by Stephen Lemons
The remains of 48-year-old Marcia Powell, who died May 20 after being confined to a human cage at Perryville Prison for at least four hours in the punishing Arizona sun, are being held by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office on the request of the county Fiduciary Office, MCME spokeswoman Gayle Milette...
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Arizona Department of Veterans Services' Fiduciary Program Gets Slammed by the Arizona Supreme Court

11 years ago by Sarah Fenske
I don't always remember to honor our veterans. Typically, I work through Memorial Day. (And Labor Day, for that matter.) I can't even tell you when Veterans Day is. But this year, I found myself riveted by festivities for the most obscure veterans holiday we have in Arizona: Vietnam Remembrance...
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The Good, the Bad, the Weird: Eight Arizona Bills You Should Probably Know About

4 years ago by Antonia Noori Farzan
It's now legal to shoot a rattlesnake in your own backyard, but should it be a felony to steal an American flag?
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Marcia Powell Update: Her Guardian, the Cages, and a Friend from Perryville Speaks

12 years ago by Stephen Lemons
For those who haven't seen this, the AP is reporting that the Arizona Department of Corrections "has suspended the use of all outdoor holding cells while crews retrofit them to provide shade and water" following the heat-related demise of 48-year-old Marcia Powell. Of course, this comes too late for Powell,...
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Phoenix Businessman Loses $25 Million to Ex-Partner in Lawsuit, Angers Judge 'Cause of Juror Contact

5 years ago by Ray Stern
A federal jury has awarded a total of $28 million to Phoenix businessman Marc Wichansky, who alleged that his ex-partner assaulted him, committed fraud, and stole his company. Arizona U.S. District Judge David Campbell remarked that the "business divorce" between former friends and partners Wichansky and David Zowine was the...
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Phoenix Federal Court Verdict Could Cripple Abusive Polygamist Church Hierarchy on Arizona-Utah Border

5 years ago by John Dougherty
The future of the long-tortured enclave of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah, hinges on a Phoenix federal court verdict in the U.S. Department of Justice’s historic lawsuit alleging that a fundamentalist polygamous sect controls local governments and the community's police force. A seven-week trial before U.S. District Court Judge...
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Marcia Powell Did Have Next of Kin, Says Guardian During Hearing

12 years ago by Stephen Lemons
During a hearing today in Commissioner Michael Hintze's courtroom, the public guardian for Marcia Powell -- the inmate who died May 20 after prolonged exposure to 107 degree temperatures in an outside cage at Goodyear's Perryville Prison -- informed the court that Powell's adoptive mother had been located.However, the woman,...
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Joe Arpaio's Posse Pal Mike Zullo Lashes Out at Judge, Lawyers

5 years ago by Stephen Lemons
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Cold Case Posse commander Mike Zullo is madder than Donald Trump at a mariachi convention. Zullo's latest, hot-headed filing in Arpaio's contempt case before federal Judge G. Murray Snow takes at aim at Snow, the ACLU, the law firm of Covington and Burling, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney...
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Diane Douglas Recall Petition Filed; Now Her Opponents Need 360,000 Signatures

5 years ago by Miriam Wasser
Let the ‘Recall Diane Douglas Games’ begin! The campaign to recall Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Diane Douglas, filed the necessary paperwork with the State Secretary this morning, and can now legally begin collecting signatures. But having spent the last ten months since the November 2014 election organizing and...
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Bill Montgomery Doubles-Down on Clown Car of Islamaphobic Crackpots

6 years ago by Stephen Lemons
During his regular Wednesday press conference, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery reaffirmed his commitment to bringing a crew of Islamaphobic crackpots to town on the taxpayer's dime, supposedly to instruct prosecutors and law enforcement on threats presented by Muslim extremists. The training session, titled "Understanding the Threat," which is to...

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