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State v. Valencia  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: CR-16-0156-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The two defendants in this case were juveniles when they fatally shot their victims. Defendants were each convicted of first degree murder. Defendants were sentenced to natural life imprisonment under Ariz. Rev. Stat. 13...

State v. Dalton  
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: CR-16-0012-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of second degree burglary. In the middle of deliberations and after the jurors stopped for the day, the parties agreed to replace one juror with an alternate juror. The jury...

Mesa v. Honorable Warren J. Granville  
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: CR-16-0053-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: A grand jury indicted Jesse Mesa in May 2014 for first degree murder and other charges. Mesa was arraigned the same month. The State did not file a notice of intent to seek the death penalty, and trial was set. In April...

US AIRWAYS INC v QWEST CORPORATION et al
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: CV-16-0027-PR
State v. Adair  
Date: November 22, 2016
Docket Number: CR-15-0337-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned the warrantless search of the residence of Defendant, a probationer. As a result of the search Defendant was charged with felony possession of narcotic drugs for sale and other offenses. Defendant sou...

HON. HALL et al v. EORP/STATE
Date: November 10, 2016
Docket Number: CV-15-0180-T/AP
Honorable Philip Hall v. Elected Officials’ Retirement Plan  
Date: November 10, 2016
Docket Number: CV-15-0180-T/AP

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, the Arizona Legislature enacted Senate Bill 1609, which changed the Elected Officials’ Retirement Plan by changing the formula for calculating future benefit increases for retired Plan members and increased the...

Allen v. Honorable Teresa A. Sanders  
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: CR-16-0234-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Sammantha Allen and John Allen, a married couple, were indicted by a grand jury for first degree felony murder. The indictment concurrently charged the Allens with multiple counts of child abuse. The State filed a notice...

S ALLEN/J ALLEN v. HON. SANDERS/STATE OF ARIZONA
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: CR-16-0234-PR
S ALLEN/J ALLEN v. HON. SANDERS/STATE OF ARIZONA
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: CR-16-0234-PR
STATE OF ARIZONA v. JERRY CHARLES HOLLE
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: CR-15-0348-PR
State v. Holle  
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: CR-16-0348-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of child molestation and sexual abuse of a minor under age fifteen. Under Ariz. Rev. Stat. 13-1407(E), it is a defense to a prosecution for sexual abuse or child molestation...

Cheatham v. DiCiccio  
Date: September 13, 2016
Docket Number: CV-15-0287-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: For many years, the City of Phoenix has contracted in collective bargaining agreements with police officers to pay officers for certain time spent on behalf of a police union (“release time”) rather than regular police d...

State v. Peoples  
Date: September 12, 2016
Docket Number: CR-15-0301-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with necrophilia and two counts of sexual assault. Defendant moved to suppress evidence of a video taken with his cell phone that he left in the victim’s apartment where he was an overnight guest, c...

State v. Gunches  
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: CR-13-0282-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first degree murder and kidnapping and sentenced to death. For reasons unrelated to this appeal, the Supreme Court remanded for a new penalty phase trial on the murder convi...

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