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Arizona Supreme Court issues two new decisions on medical marijuana

April 9th, 2015

The Arizona Supreme Court issued two decisions this week providing guidance as to scope of the immunity provisions contained in the medical marijuana statute.  Both cases, State V. Hancock (Ferrell) and Reed-Kaliher v. Hoggatt (State), specifically addressed the government’s ability to prevent the use of medical marijuana (by a person who legally obtained it) while on probation. 


Vehicle Searches Without A Warrant

October 6th, 2014

Below is an article I came across on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona v. Gant (ruling that law enforcement can’t automatically search a car solely based upon an occupant being arrested). The article, and the previous one mentioned, are worth a read:

Editor: Colin Miller, Univ. of South Carolina School of Law | Monday, October 6, 2014…

DUI Conviction Overturned – Court Erred By Denying Continuance

September 20th, 2013

Six days before his trial, Defendant moved for a continuance in order to substitute new counsel.  Defendant stated:

  • He had concerns with “his current attorney’s defense strategies and trial presentation;”
  • He also explained to the trial court he was uncomfortable with the firm he originally had hired after being transferred between attorneys several times;
  • He did not have the

The United States Supreme Court’s Decision on S.B. 1070

July 7th, 2012

Here is a well written explanation of the Supreme Court’s decision on S.B. 1070 – The Arizona Immigration Statute written by Amy Howe of the SCOTUS Blog:

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How to Read An Arizona Sentencing Chart – Part 1.

December 19th, 2008

The Arizona Supreme Court publishes a chart that summarizes the penalties for Arizona felony convictions.  While the chart is not all inclusive, it does show the sentencing ranges for most Arizona criminal convictions.  Below I have revised the chart and attempted to make it a little more “readable.”

To determine the sentencing range for a criminal conviction you need …

What Remedies Are Available to Madoff's Victims?

May 18th, 2008

Everyone who invested with Bernard Madoff has lost a tremendous amount of money. The victims are not just wealthy businessmen. On the contrary, many of the victims were charities. What remedies and restitution are available to them? This video addresses these issues:

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