Most appellate practitioners understand the necessary evil of citations, and some of us even enjoy parts of The Bluebook. On the other hand, I have concerns about Bluebook cost, frequent Bluebook revisions seemingly for the sake of revising, and allegations…
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 A Pima County Superior Court Judge today put Arizona’s Territorial-Era abortion ban back into effect, further muddying the reproductive rights of Arizonans following the Supreme Court’s scuttling of Roe v. Wade.Today’s decision grants relief from the 1973, post-Roe decision enjoining the ban (which dates back to 1864). Judge Kellie Johnson determined that she had to grant relief from that 1973 judgment – the parties all agreed that the Dobbs decision was a significant change of law warranting relief.However, the parties did not agree on what she should do after granting relief. Current Attorney General Mark Brnovich had argued
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Utility magnate George Johnson thought he had bought political influence when he included gubernatorial advisor/Maricopa Supervisor/friend Andy Kunasek in a multi-million dollar trust. Instead, it will cost him $21M.When Kunasek declined to intervene in an Arizona environmental investigation for him, Johnson stripped the trust to punish Kunasek.Kunasek won a jury verdict for $10.5M in compensation damages, plus an additional $10.5M in punitive damages. Yesterday, the Arizona Court of Appeals AFFIRMED the judgment.Kunasek, a Republican Supervisor until 2016, was also an advisor to Governor Jan Brewer. Shortly after Johnson set up the trust, he asked Kunasek to help quash a
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The House’s January 6th Select Committee won a victory tonight when an Arizona judge tonight DISMISSED a case filed by AZGOP Chair Kelli Ward and husband/fake elector Michael Ward to block a subpoena of their cellphone records from T-Mobile.The Committee sought information as to whom the Wards had communicated with during the period when Arizona Republicans were planning to convene their slate of electors to support the contention that Donald Trump may have won Arizona’s electoral votes. The case to block the subpoena was filed in February.U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa determined that the Wards did not prove that
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Like most big cities in the United States, crime is an issue in Phoenix, Arizona. Whether it’s violent crimes like murder and sexual assault or property crimes such as vandalism and theft, there’s no denying that Phoenix sees its share of criminal activity.
If you’re looking to visit or relocate to Phoenix, you’ll no doubt be interested in learning which areas to explore and which to avoid.
The Safest Neighborhoods in Phoenix, AZ
Based on recent statistics, here are a few of the safest neighborhoods in the greater Phoenix area:
Paradise Valley
Paradise Valley is sometimes called the
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Every year, thousands of motorcyclists suffer life-changing injuries in preventable traffic accidents. According to data from the Arizona Department of Transportation, 2,206 motorcyclists were injured and 160 were killed in collisions in 2021 alone. Motor vehicle drivers in Arizona can take certain steps to reduce the risk of hitting motorcyclists while on the freeway and in general. Below are five top safety tips for drivers to better protect these vulnerable road users.
Check Twice
The adage, “Check twice for motorcycles” is a useful one to keep in mind as a motor vehicle driver in Arizona. Motorcycles are small and
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More than 6 million car accidents occur in the United States each year. These accidents are the leading cause of death in the U.S., resulting in the death of more than 38,000 people each year, and over 3 million seriously injured or disabled.
Unfortunately, multi-car accidents are all too common, and many times it’s hard to know who is at fault. Making things worse is the fact that insurance companies may delay claims until they determine who was at fault.
This is where professional legal representation can help. We’ll get back to that later, but first, let’s discuss what to
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You’ve probably seen it a million times on TV or in movies: someone has been taken in by police and demands their phone call. But is this really a right? What are your other rights if you are taken in by the police? Understanding your rights is an important initial step in your criminal defense, whether you’ve been charged with a drug crime, violent crime, DUI, or another type of offense.
Detention Rights
Before you can understand your rights, it is important that you understand the difference between detention and arrest. Police have the right to “detain”
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In my world organization can mean many things including time management, having an organized office, or being organized in the work I am doing for cases generally and in relation to deadlines. As in all worlds, disorganization leads to disaster. It not only can make you late on your commitments, it can adversely affect your business and personal life. For me it can mean losing time (and therefore money) or malpractice if I miss certain types of deadlines. The point is we all have consequences if not organized, if we miss deadlines, or if we don’t meet the expectations we
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We are highlighting two of the latest additions to the law library that both concern skills and strategies of legal advocacy. Both provide key information to budding attorneys that is not usually at the forefront of the law school curriculum.

The Fine Art of Trial Advocacy: A Young Lawyer’s Resource for Success, Paul Mark Sandler, 2021

This book helps make the arduous the lonely journey of developing the skills to make a persuasive argument in a courtroom more manageable, introducing key concepts with solid examples to help budding orators unleash their potential. Much of tapping into that future glory
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Story here. The good guy saw another person waving a gun and shouting threats after pistol-whipping another person in his rage. The good guy, Lloyd Muldrow, subdued and disarmed the offender and held him for police. Muldrow had a handgun, with a Virginia but not a Maryland permit to carry, and police arrested him.

(The article says he was arrested for carrying within 100 feet of a public building. Bruen specifically says that while “sensitive place” limitations may be constitutional, they must be strictly limited and find an analogy in restrictions that were in place at the time of the
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In today’s time, when crime rates are at a peak many of you might be asking this question often. If so, it can be helpful to know what kind of situations might call for the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney Phoenix– and how to determine whether your case falls into that specific category.
Though, seeking the consultation of an experienced attorney is always helpful no matter how complex or serious the case is. The lawyer will help you understand what extent of protection available to you along with options to move forward. But the question still remains
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 The Arizona Supreme Court today released its more complete reasoning in why it previously ordered the Stop Dark Money initiative to be placed on this November’s ballot (as Prop. 211).In late August, just before ballot printing was to begin, the Court ruled that citizens’ initiatives Stop Dark Money (aka Voters’ Right To Know Act) and the Predatory Debt Collection Protection Act (Prop. 209) could be placed on the ballot. As is typical in these expedited election appeals, the Court promised full written opinions were to follow.Today’s Opinion, written by Vice Chief Justice Ann Timmer and agreed to by all
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