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Protesters Charged with Unlawful Assembly

We recently wrote an article in our blog (Phoenix Protest Arrests Thrown Out) about over 100 Phoenix rioting arrests that were thrown out in court for lack of evidence. In the wake of recent events, there have also been a number of arrests for unlawful assembly in...

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Phoenix Protest Arrests Thrown Out

There is a lot that can be said about the arrest of those who protest against police brutality. Many of the protesters are doing just that – protesting. Some people, of course, are committing violent or otherwise illegal acts, although you would have to be all-knowing...

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How COVID-19 has Changed Law Enforcement

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us. And it has had a major effect not only on crime, but also on police policies and procedures. As we explained in our blog earlier this month (Domestic Violence and COVID-19), there has been a change in the level of certain...

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Domestic Violence and COVID-19

A number of articles have been written on the issue of whether COVID-19 has led to an increase in domestic violence. The predominant opinion appears to be that it has. Family Violence in Phoenix As early as March, reports were circulating that the police were seeing a...

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Sober Drivers Charged with DUI in Phoenix

You may be stopped at a sobriety checkpoint, on the highway, or on a lonely road at night. Whatever the circumstances, you could be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And as most folks know, a conviction can lead to stiff penalties that are...

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COVID-19 Fraud

According to the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, there is rampant fraud related to the COVID-19 crisis. We’re not sure how many ongoing investigations there are at this point, but the U.S. Attorney, Michael Bailey, has appointed an Assistant U.S....

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Arizona Executive Orders and COVID-19

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has issued numerous executive orders relating to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The following is a list of some of the more significant orders issued over the last month or so. Some violations could result in a misdemeanor charge:...

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New Arizona Law Bans Paper Opioid Prescriptions

Under a new law in Arizona that went into effect on January 1, 2020, all opioid prescriptions must be transmitted from a physician to a pharmacy electronically. The e-prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) is now the law to one degree or another in about half the...

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New Sentencing Reform Bill Introduced in Arizona

A new bill just introduced in Arizona would be, if passed, the most comprehensive sentencing reform measure in the state in the last 25 years. HB 2808, which was introduced by Republican Walter Blackman on February 6, 2020, proposes significant reforms in sentencing...

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Insys Execs Sentenced for Fentanyl Bribery Scam

John Kapoor, founder of Insys Therapeutics based in Chandler, Arizona, was sentenced last week after being convicted of racketeering conspiracy. That conspiracy involved the bribery of doctors to prescribe the company’s painkiller, fentanyl. Fentanyl is a strong...

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Phoenix Drug Sting

As we have said on a number of occasions, many arrests are the result of police sting operations. Stings probably are used most commonly in the case of drug crimes. An example occurred last month with the alleged sale of fentanyl and heroin. The sting in this case was...

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Innocent Man Arrested for Phoenix Murder

Earlier this month, an illegal marijuana sale allegedly took place in Phoenix, and ended with the shooting death of a 19-year old man. The Phoenix cops apparently wanted to arrest someone for the murder – we question how much they cared that it was the actual murderer...

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How A Single Act Leads to Multiple Charges

When you read a story recounting an alleged crime, you’ll often see that a single act leads to not one, but a host of charges against the defendant. You may wonder how one theft, or a single altercation, can have a person facing a number of different felony and...

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Warren Not Guilty in Case of Aiding Asylum Seekers

It’s been a long road for Scott Warren. He is a well-known humanitarian worker and volunteer who has been on the front line of attempting to prevent deaths from exposure of those people journeying through the Arizona desert after crossing the border from Mexico....

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