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Cramer v. Hon. Starr  
Date: July 18, 2016
Docket Number: CV-15-0317-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: A car driven by Courtney Cramer rear-ended a vehicle in which Tammy Munguia was a passenger. The next year, Munguia had surgery on her back to treat her persistent low back pain that resulted from the accident. The surge...

State v. Sisco  
Date: July 11, 2016
Docket Number: CR-15-0265-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on the odor of marijuana emanating from a storage warehouse, police officers obtained a warrant to search a unit in the warehouse. In the ensuing search, the officers seized marijuana growing equipment and hundreds...

State v. Cheatham  
Date: July 11, 2016
Docket Number: CR-15-0286-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Police officers stopped Defendant’s vehicle for unlawful window tinting. Upon approaching the vehicle and speaking with Defendant, the officers noticed an odor of burnt marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle. The of...

State v. Jurden  
Date: July 1, 2016
Docket Number: CR-15-0236-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: After Defendant resisted, two police officers subdued and handcuffed him. The resistance and arrest formed one uninterrupted course of conduct. Defendant was indicted on two counts of resisting arrest under Ariz. Rev. St...

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...

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

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of nine counts of first degree murder, among other crimes. The trial court imposed nine death sentences for the murders. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions and...

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...

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