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State v. Ketchner
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Number: CR-13-0158

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree felony murder, attempted first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, and three counts of aggravated assault. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death for...

Orca Commc’ns Unlimited, LLC v. Noder
Date: November 19, 2014
Docket Number: CV-13-0351

Justia Opinion Summary: Orca Communications Unlimited, LLC filed this action against Ann Noder, its former president, and the competing company Noder started after she left Orca, asserting common law tort clams based on alleged misappropriation...

Malnar v. Joice
Date: November 14, 2014
Docket Number: CV-14-0240

Justia Opinion Summary: In August, 2014, Elizabeth Joice filed a nomination paper with the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (“Agency”) announcing her intent to run for a vacant term of the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board....

Gallardo v. State
Date: October 30, 2014
Docket Number: CV-14-0208

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, the Arizona legislature amended Ariz. Rev. Stat. 15-1441(I) to require the election of two at-large members to the governing board of community colleges located in very populous counties. Plaintiffs filed a comp...

J.D. v. Hon. Hugh Hegyi
Date: October 27, 2014
Docket Number: CV-14-0085

Justia Opinion Summary: Daughter accused Stepfather of sexual abuse. Because Daughter was a minor at the time of the accusation, Mother asserted victims’ rights on her behalf. Before trial, Daughter turned eighteen. Stepfather then filed a mot...

Quihuis v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co.
Date: October 1, 2014
Docket Number: CV-14-0093

Justia Opinion Summary: An insurer refused to defend its insured against a third party’s tort claims. The third party, standing in the insureds’ shoes, brought a declaratory judgment action against the insurer for indemnification and failure to...

State v. Jones
Date: September 3, 2014
Docket Number: CR-13-0292

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted review in this case to resolve the conflict between Ariz. Rev. Stat. 13-116, which requires that concurrent sentences be imposed on a defendant whose convictions stem from a single act, and Ariz...

Date: August 26, 2014
Docket Number: CV-13-0378

Weitz Co., LLC v. Heth
Date: August 26, 2014
Docket Number: CV-13-0378

Justia Opinion Summary: Developer obtained a loan from Bank to construct a commercial and condominium project. Bank secured its loan with two deeds of trust, the first of which attached before construction began on the project. Developer failed...

State v. Gilstrap
Date: August 20, 2014
Docket Number: CR-13-0379

Justia Opinion Summary: While executing a warrant authorizing the search of a home, police found Defendant, who was not named in the warrant, in the home. Police proceeded to search Defendant’s purse. Defendant was subsequently charged with pos...

State v. Pena
Date: August 11, 2014
Docket Number: CR-13-0377

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant assaulted a victim with a knife or other sharp object, injuring the victim’s hand, leg, and abdomen. A jury found Defendant guilty of three counts of aggravated assault, one for each wound. Defendant was convic...

State v. Serna
Date: August 7, 2014
Docket Number: CR-13-0306

Justia Opinion Summary: After a police officers had a consensual encounter with Defendant, they asked Defendant if he had any firearms. Defendant replied that he had a gun. The officers then frisked Defendant, removed the gun, and arrested Defe...

Date: July 29, 2014
Docket Number: CV-14-0180

Shooter v. Farmer
Date: July 29, 2014
Docket Number: CV-14-0180

Justia Opinion Summary: Dan Shooter filed a petition seeking to remove Toby Farmer’s name from the primary ballot for the office of State Senator for Legislative District 13 on the grounds that seven of the signatures on two of Farmer’s petitio...

Clark v. Munoz
Date: July 29, 2014
Docket Number: CV-14-0182

Justia Opinion Summary: Doug Clark, the incumbent Constable for the Downtown Justice of the Peace Precinct of Maricopa County, challenged the sufficiency of Jimmy Munoz Jr.’s nominating petitions. The trial court removed Munoz’s name from the b...

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