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Arizona v. Gray
Date: June 20, 2016
Docket Number: CR-15-0293-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: An undercover police officer approached Gray at a bus stop and, in a secretly-recorded conversation, asked if Gray could help him get some crack cocaine. Gray agreed to obtain 20 dollars’ worth of cocaine for a 10-dollar...

State v. Goudeau
Date: June 17, 2016
Docket Number: CR-11-0406-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty on sixty-seven counts, including nine counts of first-degree murder. The jury returned death verdicts on all nine murder charges. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the...

First Am. Title Ins. Co. v. Johnson Bank
Date: June 13, 2016
Docket Number: CV-15-0244-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: First American Title Insurance Company issued title insurance policies to Johnson Bank for properties that secured the Bank’s loans. The policies failed to list covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) that prohib...

State v. Hon. Ronald J. Steinle
Date: June 13, 2016
Docket Number: CV-15-0263-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The State charged Alejandra Moran with the first-degree murder of L.U., who was stabbed. Moran moved to exclude an excerpt from a cellphone video recorded by a witness to the stabbing on the ground that it was inadmissib...

Abbott v. Banner Health Network
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: CV-15-0013-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Patients filed suit to set aside accord and satisfaction agreements and to recover the amounts paid to release liens. Hospitals, health care providers who treated patients injured by third parties, were paid by the Patie...

State ex rel. Polk v. Hon. Campbell/Kraps
Date: May 19, 2016
Docket Number: CR-15-0303-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Francis Kraps was indicted on two counts of child prostitution in violation of A.R.S. 13-3212(B)(2). During a pre-trial hearing, the superior court advised Kraps that if he was convicted, the court was required to impose...

State v. Gear
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: CR-14-0408-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Physicians are immunized from prosecution for providing written certifications under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA). In this case, Defendant, a physician, certified a drug task force confidential informant (C.I...

State v. Valenzuela
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: CR-15-0222-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) and taken to a police station, where he was read an “admin per se” form. The form provided that “Arizona law requires you to su...

Brown v. Hon. Crane McClennen
Date: April 26, 2016
Docket Number: CV-15-0042-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was arrested for operating a motorized watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OUI) and transported to an aid station used by the sheriff’s office. Defendant read an “OUI Admonishment” form, w...

State v. Kolmann
Date: March 16, 2016
Docket Number: CR-15-0172-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of ten counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of a minor. The court of appeals affirmed the convictions and sente...

American Power Products, Inc. v. CSK Auto, Inc.
Date: February 5, 2016
Docket Number: CV-14-0261-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued Defendant for breach of contract, and Defendant counterclaimed. The trial lasted twelve trial days. During deliberations, a juror asked a bailiff “how long deliberations typically lasted.” The bailiff resp...

State v. Amaral
Date: February 4, 2016
Docket Number: CR-15-0090-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1993, Defendant, who was seventeen years old at the time, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and other charges. Defendant was sentenced to life in prison. Defendant later filed a petition for post-conviction relief...

Watts v. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp.
Date: January 21, 2016
Docket Number: CV-15-0065-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was diagnosed with drug-induced lupus, allegedly a side effect from using Solodyn, a treatment for acne. Plaintiff sued Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation, which manufactures and distributes Solodyn, alleging t...

State v. Romero
Date: January 20, 2016
Docket Number: CR-15-0039-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a second jury trial, Defendant was convicted of second degree murder. The State’s evidence supporting the conviction included testimony by a firearms examiner that a certain pistol had fired six shell casings found...

Demetrius L. v. Joshlynn F.
Date: January 12, 2016
Docket Number: CV-15-0274-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother filed this action to terminate the parental rights of Father to their minor child on the ground of abandonment. After a contested severance hearing, the juvenile court found that Father had abandoned the child and...

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