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State v. Roseberry
Date: July 27, 2015
Docket Number: CR-14-0277-PC

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and sentences. Defendant later filed a petition for post-conviction relief (PCR), a...

Carranza v. Madrigal
Date: July 22, 2015
Docket Number: CV-14-0192-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Martha and Mario Madrigal sued the City of Mesa. After the case was settled by the Madrigals’ second attorney, Raymond Slomski, the Madrigals’ first attorney, Edward Fitzhugh, assigned his rights under the parties’ conti...

Stenz v. Indus. Comm’n of Ariz.
Date: July 20, 2015
Docket Number: CV-14-0298-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Charles Stenz suffered a workplace injury. His employer’s insurance carrier, Pinnacle Risk Management, accepted Stenz’s claim and paid the benefits. Stenz subsequently died, and his widow, Elizabeth Stenz, filed a claim...

State v. Rojo-Valenzuela
Date: July 9, 2015
Docket Number: CR-14-0364

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant in this criminal case moved to suppress the pretrial identification of a police officer that responded to an emergency call. The trial judge denied the motion to suppress without making any findings regardi...

Roberto F. v. Dep’t of Child Safety
Date: July 9, 2015
Docket Number: CV-14-0256

Justia Opinion Summary: The juvenile court terminated the parental rights of Father to his two children. Father appealed. While the appeal was pending, the juvenile court ordered the children’s adoption. Thereafter, the court of appeals reverse...

Wilks v. Manobianco
Date: July 9, 2015
Docket Number: CV-14-0260

Justia Opinion Summary: Under Ariz. Rev. Stat. 20-259.01, insurers must offer uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage to their insureds and may prove compliance by having their insureds sign a Department of Insurance (D...

Fleming v. Dep’t of Pub. Safety
Date: July 9, 2015
Docket Number: CV-14-0315

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was Ariz. Rev. Stat. 12-820.02(A)(7), under which public entities and employees enjoy qualified immunity from liability for an injury to a motor vehicle driver that is attributable to the driver’s v...

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...

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