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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...

Busso-Estopellan v. Hon. Rosa Morz
Date: December 31, 2015
Docket Number: CV-15-0102-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this capital case, Defendant was indicted on two counts of first degree murder. Defendant indicated that he would accept a plea offer to natural life it were offered to him, but the State did not extend a plea offer....

Merrill v. Merrill
Date: December 15, 2015
Docket Number: CV-15-0028-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: When Robert and Diane Merrill divorced in 1993 the family court awarded each party one-half of Robert’s military retirement pay (MRP) disability benefits as their separate property. In 2004, the Department of Veterans Af...

State v. Guarino
Date: December 3, 2015
Docket Number: CR-13-0405-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of murder, assault, and kidnapping. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions and sentences, holding (1) the trial court...

Howell v. Howell
Date: December 2, 2015
Docket Number: CV-15-0030-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a divorce decree entered in 1991, Sandra Powell began receiving fifty percent of John Howell’s military retirement pay (MRP) when John retired from the Air Force. John later qualified for monthly, tax-exempt...

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