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Maricopa County Attorney's Office Yet to Decide Whether to Appeal Dismissal of Charges for Alleged Murderer

9 years ago by James King
Apache Superior Court Judge Donna Grimsley dropped murder charges against an eastern Arizona man because, she says, the accused's rights were violated when he was interviewed by investigators without a lawyer.Joseph Roberts is believed to have murdered 72-year-old William "Stoney" McCarragher in April of 2007. Authorities allege he also helped...
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Maricopa County Attorney's Office Gets Award for New Approach in Strangulation Cases; Prosecutions Way Up

6 years ago by Ray Stern
A new approach to evidence in domestic-violence strangulation cases has quadrupled prosecutions for the crimes and garnered an award for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. Last year, County Attorney Bill Montgomery's office partnered with local law enforcement agencies and Scottsdale Healthcare to make sure victims were properly examined after an...
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Maricopa County Attorney's Office Explains Light Sentence for Jehovah's Witness Elder Convicted of Sex Crimes

8 years ago by James King
David Clark Nelson, a former Jehovah's Witness elder, pleaded guilty to charges that he played strip poker and had oral sex with a teenage boy in 1980. He was sentenced this morning to six months in county jail and three years' probation. If that seems like a light sentence, that's...
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Phoenix Woman Obviously Linked Falsely to "Desert Divas" Prostitution Ring Sues Maricopa County Attorney's Office

10 years ago by James King
Victoria Aguayo was arrested, indicted, and nearly prosecuted for her "role" in the infamous "Desert Divas" prostitution ring, according to a lawsuit she's filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.Problem is: Aguayo was not a "desert diva," and the evidence suggesting she was is laughable.On one of the "Desert Divas'" many Web sites,...
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Lisa "How Do You Spell Disbarment?" Aubuchon Demoted at Maricopa County Attorney's Office -- but to Homicide?

10 years ago by Paul Rubin
Big changes were afoot at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office yesterday, and we're all over it via a memo sent to us by several sources. By far the most stunning move: The demotion of Lisa Aubuchon, the deputy county attorney who headed the office's charging bureau and was the point...
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Taxpayers fund concealed weapons permits for pistol-packing prosecutors, secretaries and others at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office

11 years ago by Ray Stern
By Ray Stern Gun-loving Arizona has had a robust concealed weapon program since 1994, and about 85,000 people have received permits that allow them to take hidden handguns with them just about everywhere they go. You'd think that number would be higher, given that some statistics show as many as...
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Maria Brandon Testifies on Retaliation by Ex-Bosses at Maricopa County Attorney's Office

6 years ago by Ray Stern
Maria Brandon's federal wrongful-firing complaint is a messy leftover of years of infighting among Maricopa County officials. But unlike lawsuits that have resulted in millions of dollars of taxpayer-funded settlement payouts to former county leaders and judges, this one's gone to trial. The veteran lawyer accuses her former bosses at...
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J.D. Hayworth and ALIPAC: Saga Continues With Hints of Maricopa County Attorney's Office

10 years ago by James King
The latest controversy surrounding the endorsement of ex-Congressman J.D. Hayworth by the controversial Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC), now involves another Hispanic Republican group, this one with ties to Sheriff Joe Arpaio and to a blog allegedly written by a Maricopa County prosecutor.The American Post Gazette, an ultra-conservative blog linked to Andrew Thomas' office, published...
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Maricopa County Attorney's Office Files Child-Abuse Charges Against Escort Who Left 2-Year-Old Locked in Closet

10 years ago by James King
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office today announced charges against the Mesa mom who left her 2-year-old son locked in a closet while she went to work.Corrina Davis, 21, faces two counts of felony child abuse after her son was found in the closet by a county constable, who entered her apartment to evict...
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Arizona AG Tom Horne Turns Part of Fiesta Bowl Investigation Over to Maricopa County Attorney's Office; Admits Some Conflict of Interest

9 years ago by James King
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced today that he's turning over some of the investigation into the Fiesta Bowl fiasco to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office because a conflict of interest exists between his office and elected officials who allegedly accepted -- and failed to report -- gifts and tickets to...

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