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State v. Hidalgo  
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: CR-15-0049-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder and one count of first degree burglary. The jury sentenced Defendant to death for each murder. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conv...

State v. Havatone  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: CR-15-0387-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was the constitutionality of Ariz. Rev. Stat. 28-1321(C), which allows law enforcement officers to make or direct nonconsensual blood draws from unconscious DUI suspects. Defendant was driving an SU...

Simpson v. Hon. Phemonia Miller  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: CR-16-0227-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Arizona Constitution and related laws forbid bail for defendants accused of sexual conduct with a minor under the age of fifteen when the proof is evident or the presumption great that the defendant committed such a...

Equity Income Partners, LP v. Chicago Title Insurance Co.  
Date: February 7, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0162-CQ

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit certified certain questions to the Supreme Court regarding what impact, if any, a lender’s full-credit bid made at an Arizona trustee’s sale has on an insurer’s li...

State v. Nissley  
Date: February 1, 2017
Docket Number: CR-15-0393-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of reckless manslaughter. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred when it denied his motion to suppress an involuntary blood sample taken for medical purposes...

State v. Escalante-Orozco  
Date: January 12, 2017
Docket Number: CR-13-0088-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first degree murder, sexual assault, and first degree burglary. Defendant was sentenced to death for the murder and to consecutive sentences of fifteen and twenty years’...

State v. Valencia  
Date: December 23, 2016
Docket Number: CR-16-0156-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The two defendants in this case were juveniles when they fatally shot their victims. Defendants were each convicted of first degree murder. Defendants were sentenced to natural life imprisonment under Ariz. Rev. Stat. 13...

State v. Dalton  
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: CR-16-0012-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of second degree burglary. In the middle of deliberations and after the jurors stopped for the day, the parties agreed to replace one juror with an alternate juror. The jury...

Mesa v. Honorable Warren J. Granville  
Date: December 21, 2016
Docket Number: CR-16-0053-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: A grand jury indicted Jesse Mesa in May 2014 for first degree murder and other charges. Mesa was arraigned the same month. The State did not file a notice of intent to seek the death penalty, and trial was set. In April...

Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: CV-16-0027-PR
State v. Adair  
Date: November 22, 2016
Docket Number: CR-15-0337-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned the warrantless search of the residence of Defendant, a probationer. As a result of the search Defendant was charged with felony possession of narcotic drugs for sale and other offenses. Defendant sou...

Date: November 10, 2016
Docket Number: CV-15-0180-T/AP
Honorable Philip Hall v. Elected Officials’ Retirement Plan  
Date: November 10, 2016
Docket Number: CV-15-0180-T/AP

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, the Arizona Legislature enacted Senate Bill 1609, which changed the Elected Officials’ Retirement Plan by changing the formula for calculating future benefit increases for retired Plan members and increased the...

Allen v. Honorable Teresa A. Sanders  
Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: CR-16-0234-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Sammantha Allen and John Allen, a married couple, were indicted by a grand jury for first degree felony murder. The indictment concurrently charged the Allens with multiple counts of child abuse. The State filed a notice...

Date: November 7, 2016
Docket Number: CR-16-0234-PR
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