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Robertson v. Alling
Date: June 24, 2015
Docket Number: CV-14-0246

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners sued Respondents. Respondents, represented by counsel, made a settlement offer. The offer subsequently expired. Respondents’ counsel later extended a new settlement offer with terms that mirrored the prior of...

Arizona v. Lua
Date: June 19, 2015
Docket Number: CR-14-0283

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Supreme Court clarified the issue as to what form a provocation-manslaughter instruction should take in a second-degree murder trial. Defendant was charged with two counts of attempted second-degree mur...

State v. Carlson
Date: June 18, 2015
Docket Number: CR-12-0464

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of two counts of felony murder and two counts of kidnapping. Defendant was sentenced to death for each murder. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) under the corpus delic...

State v. Evans
Date: June 4, 2015
Docket Number: CR-14-0285

Justia Opinion Summary: Law enforcement officers initiated a traffic stop that ultimately led to Defendant’s arrest for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and aggravated driving under the influence. Defendant moved to suppress the e...

State v. Wilson
Date: June 3, 2015
Docket Number: CR-14-0308

Justia Opinion Summary: After it was discovered that Defendant kept up mercury in his house, a firefighter and police officer entered Defendant’s home without a warrant in order to investigate. Once inside, the officer smelled marijuana and eve...

Glazer v. State
Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Number: CV-14-0123

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, the driver of a vehicle heading eastbound on Interstate 10 lost control of her vehicle, which crossed through a dirt median into the westbound lanes, and crashed into Plaintiff’s vehicle, killing Plaintiff’s hus...

Guerra v. State
Date: May 8, 2015
Docket Number: CV-14-0144

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and her friend were involved in an automobile accident which killed Plaintiff’s friend and hospitalized Plaintiff. Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers erroneously identified the surviving patient...

State v. Hon. Bernstein
Date: April 23, 2015
Docket Number: CV-14-0057

Justia Opinion Summary: The real parties in interest here were eleven defendants charged with aggravated driving under the influence. The Scottsdale Crime Laboratory (SCL) tested each defendant’s blood for blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The...

State ex rel. Polk v. Hon. Cele Hancock
Date: April 7, 2015
Docket Number: CV-14-0084

Justia Opinion Summary: At the time of Petitioner’s arrest, she had a registry identification card allowing her to use medical marijuana in compliance with the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA). Petitioner pleaded guilty to three charges, in...

Reed-Kaliher v. Hon. Wallace R. Hoggatt
Date: April 7, 2015
Docket Number: CV-14-0226

Justia Opinion Summary: While Petitioner was serving a prison term, the people passed the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA). Petitioner obtained a registry identification card identifying him as a registered qualifying patient under the AMMA...

Newman v. Cornerstone Nat’l Ins. Co.
Date: March 18, 2015
Docket Number: CV-14-0121

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was injured in a motor vehicle accident. The at-fault driver’s insurance was insufficient to cover Plaintiff’s damages, and therefore, Plaintiff sought underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage from her insurer (Ins...

State v. Burns
Date: March 10, 2015
Docket Number: CR-11-0060

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, and misconduct involving weapons. The trial court imposed the death sentence for the murder conviction. Defendant appeale...

Bell v. Indus. Comm’n of Ariz.
Date: January 30, 2015
Docket Number: CV-14-0095

Justia Opinion Summary: Linda Bell was injured at her job and underwent surgery for her injury seventeen months later. Bell requested temporary partial disability (TPD) compensation to reimburse her for the sick leave and vacation time she had...

BMO Harris Bank, N.A. v. Wildwood Creek Ranch, LLC
Date: January 23, 2015
Docket Number: CV-14-0101

Justia Opinion Summary: The Rudgears, the owners of Wildwood Creek Ranch, LLC, borrowed money, through Wildwood, from the predecessor to BMO Harris Bank to finance construction of a home on a vacant lot. The loan was secured by a deed of trust....

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