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Marijuana in Arizona After Prop 207

The harsh laws regarding possession and use of marijuana have been under attack in Arizona and elsewhere for a number of years. This has been due in part to the relatively large number of individuals who are in jails and prisons in the United States compared with...

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Arizona Crime Statistics

With all the talk in the news about the supposedly massive increase in crime in the United States, we thought our readers might be interested in the facts related to crime in Arizona. You may be surprised at what the numbers show, as published by the Arizona...

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Arizona Harassment Law

What is Criminal Harassment? Harassment is defined in A.R.S. 13-2991. That section of the Arizona Criminal Code says that you commit the crime of harassment when you “knowingly and repeatedly” engage in conduct directed at a particular person, which conduct would...

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What is “Wire Fraud”?

There seem to be more and more cases in the news in which defendants are charged with wire fraud. By and large, these are federal prosecutions, and the recent barrage of indictments relates largely to the last presidential election, as well as claims concerning...

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What is RICO?

The news in recent days has been filled with references to RICO, which stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. It is federal law (18 U.S.C. §§ 1961 to 1968) enacted in 1970 to combat organized crime. It contains both criminal and civil...

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Judge Dismisses Turney Murder Charge

The Phoenix murder trial of Michael Roy Turney came to an abrupt end last week, when the trial judge granted the defense motion for a dismissal after the presentation of the prosecution’s case. The dismissal was granted under Rule 20 of the Arizona Rules of Criminal...

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AI “Sextortion” and Phone Scams on the Rise

We’re hearing more and more about artificial intelligence (AI) these days. Generally, it can be used to assist in various situations. What AI does, essentially, is to enable technical systems to solve problems and achieve specific goals. It allows a machine to display...

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Aggravated Assault Statistics in Arizona

With hundreds of millions of people in the country, crime statistics tend to become mere numbers. For example, we may hear that there have been a certain number of assaults or other crimes over a set period of time. In some ways, the sheer volume of crimes takes away...

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