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Mesa Police Brutality Caught on Video . . . Again!

It’s been a stormy couple of months at the Mesa, Arizona Police Department. It wasn’t a single incident that is fueling concerns about the culture of the PD. Rather, there have been a series of beatings and misconduct on the part of police officers, much of it caught on video, that has the public outraged […]

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Bogus Crime Statistics in Buckeye, AZ

For several years, Buckeye, Arizona has reveled in its claim that it is the safest city in the Valley, if not in all of Arizona. In particular, the city has reported to the FBI (and to the public) extremely low violent crime numbers. City officials claimed that they were simply using the FBI categorization of […]

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Report on Arizona Felony Statutes Says Many Are Never Used

Earlier this year, a report was issued by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. The report, entitled Review of Arizona Revised Statutes Containing A Felony Criminal Penalty, was prepared and issued as part of the Commission’s duties of monitoring and analyzing the effectiveness of criminal justice legislation in general. The gist of the report is that […]

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Sex Crimes (and Defenses) in Phoenix

When most people hear the phrase “sex crime,” they think about rape, forcible rape in particular. But in Arizona, as well as the other states, there are a host of sex crimes the appear, at least on the surface, to be less destructive and violent. On the other hand, the victims of these “lesser” sex […]

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DUI in the News in Phoenix

Drunk driving and drugged driving continue to be the focus of news stories in the Phoenix area. Over the past several weeks, however, there seems to have been a flood of new – and rather unusual – charges. Here are some of the other “interesting” DUI cases we’re found: At the top of the list […]

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Manslaughter vs. Criminally Negligent Homicide in Arizona

Homicide may appear to be a relatively simple subject. But when a person’s life has been taken, the criminal ramifications can become very complicated. In Arizona, the criminal laws seem, at first glance, to be relatively straightforward. Homicide is defined, simply, as first degree or second degree murder, manslaughter, or negligent homicide. Other states have […]

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Violent Crime Data for Phoenix Metro Cities is Suspect

ABC has compiled data which it says accurately ranks Phoenix Metro cities according to which cities have the greatest (or fewest) violent crimes per 1,000 residents. The results are interesting, although in some cases not surprising. In addition, we’ve looked at that data, and we have some questions of our own. The first involves the […]

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School Shootings Prompt Review of Gun Laws

We’re less than two months into the new year, and so far, and there have already been 18 school shootings in the country. While some of the incidents involved either a school that was closed or an after-hours shooting on a campus, many had devastating consequences. In the latest one, which took place in Florida […]

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What is the Law in Arizona on Hate Crimes?

A recent article reported on an attack that took place this month in Scottsdale. The victim says he was stabbed while the defendant called him the n-word over and over. The title of the piece says that there are those who want the attack to be labeled a “hate crime.” The article also refers to […]

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Arizona Bill Would Criminalize Failing to Report Life-Threatening Emergency

Arizona has a bill pending. While, on some level, it has a certain appeal, it’s an example of a knee-jerk reaction to a single event. That event, by the way, didn’t occur in Arizona. Rather, it happened over 2,000 miles away, on the east coast of Florida. Here’s the story. Back in 2016, a man […]

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