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Horne v. Polk  
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0052-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving substantial consequences for alleged violations of campaign finance laws, the same individual issued the initial decision finding violations and ordering remedies, participated personally in the pr...

State v. Primous  
Date: May 23, 2017
Docket Number: CR-16-0205-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The police conducted a pat-down search of Defendant based on the dangerousness of the area in which he was found and the flight of one of Defendant’s companions. The trial court denied Defendant’s motion to suppress, con...

State v. Pandeli  
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: CR-15-0270-PC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the postconviction court’s grant of relief to Appellant. The postconviction court set aside Defendant’s death sentence for the murder of Holly Iler, finding ineffective assistance of counsel an...

State v. Gulley  
Date: May 12, 2017
Docket Number: CR-16-0456-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Ariz. Rev. Stat. 13-707(B) does not require a repeat class one misdemeanor conviction to be both classified and sentenced as a class six felony. Defendant was convicted of the same class 1 misdemeanor of disorderly con...

American Power Products, Inc. v. CSK Auto, Inc.  
Date: May 11, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0133-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Arizona Supreme Court reversed the trial court’s award of attorney fees to Plaintiff and its ruling that Plaintiff was the “prevailing party” in the proceedings below. Before trial, Defendant made a settlement offer...

City of Phoenix v. Glenayre Electronics, Inc.  
Date: May 10, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0126-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that governmental entities’ contract-based actions, including claims for indemnification, that fall within Ariz. Rev. Stat. 12-552(A) are subject to the eight-year statute of repose, notwithstandin...

Dobson Bay Club II DD, LLC v. La Sonrisa De Siena, LLC  
Date: April 25, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0029-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce loaned Dobson Bay Club II DD, LLC and related entities (Dobson Bay) $28.6 million for Dobson Bay’s purchase of commercial properties. The loan was secured by a deed of trust encumbering...

State v. Fischer  
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: CR-15-0380-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of second degree murder. Defendant moved for a new trial under Ariz. R. Crim. P. 24.1(c)(1). The trial court granted the motion for a new trial, concluding that the guilty v...

State v. Fischer  
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: CR-15-0380-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of second degree murder. Following the guilty verdict, Defendant moved for a new trial under Ariz. R. Crim. P. 24.1(c)(1). The trial court granted the motion for a new trial...

State v. Gill  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: CR-16-0286-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with possession or use of marijuana. At a settlement conference, Defendant agreed to participate in a drug treatment program through the Treatment Assessment Screening Center (TASC) in return for th...

Wade v. Arizona State Retirement System  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0087-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) operates a defined-benefit plan for state employees and participating political subdivisions. The City of Chandler operated a deferred-compensation plan in which it contributed...

American Power Products Inc. v. CSK Auto, Inc.  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0133-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Ariz. Rev. Stat. 12-341.01(A) provides that if a party makes a written settlement offer that is rejected, and the final judgment is more favorable to the offering party, that party “is deemed to be the successful party f...

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...

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