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State v. Hulsey  
Date: January 18, 2018
Docket Number: CR-14-0291-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of the first degree murder of an on duty police officer and attempted first degree murder of another on duty peace officer but vacated Defen...

Zubia v. Shapiro  
Date: January 12, 2018
Docket Number: CV-16-0255-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: A homeowner’s failure to obtain injunctive relief under Ariz. Rev. Stat. 33-811(C) before a trustee’s sale results in the waiver of the homeowner’s damages claims dependent on the validity of the sale. After a trustee’...

Arizona v. Jean  
Date: January 3, 2018
Docket Number: CR-16-0283-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Arizona Supreme Court affirmed the denial of defendant's motion to suppress and defendant's drug-related convictions and sentences. The court held that defendant was subjected to a warrantless search that violated hi...

Phillips v. Honorable William O’Neil  
Date: December 20, 2017
Docket Number: CV-17-0122-SA

Justia Opinion Summary: Ariz. R. Evid. 408 precludes use of a consent judgment to prove substantive facts to establish liability for a subsequent claim. Likewise, a consent judgment cannot be used for impeachment purposes under Ariz. R. Evid. 6...

Vincent v. Shanovich  
Date: December 6, 2017
Docket Number: CV-17-0175-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: An order granting or denying a motion filed pursuant to Rule 85(A) of the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure is a special order made after final judgment under Ariz. Rev. Stat. 12-2101(A)(2), which confers jurisdictio...

Biggs v. Betlach  
Date: November 17, 2017
Docket Number: CV-17-0130-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court rejected a constitutional challenge to the provision in Ariz. Rev. Stat. 36-2901.08(A) that the director of Arizona’s indigent health care program, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS),...

State v. Rushing  
Date: November 6, 2017
Docket Number: CR-15-0268-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for first degree murder but vacated his death sentence and remanded for a new penalty phase proceeding in order to comply with the United States Supreme Court’s decision...

Samiuddin v. Honorable Richard Nothwehr  
Date: November 2, 2017
Docket Number: CR-16-0422-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this criminal case, Petitioner, who was charged with sex offenses and released with several pretrial release conditions, argued that the conditions were improper. The Supreme Court held (1) the Arizona Constitution, s...

Date: October 23, 2017
Docket Number: CV-17-0068-PR
Spring v. Bradford  
Date: October 23, 2017
Docket Number: CV-17-0068-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this medical malpractice action was Ariz. R. Evid. 615 and the proper remedy for technical Rule 615 violations. Rule 615 generally provides that a trial court, at a party’s request, must order witnesses exclu...

Date: October 18, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0134-PR
Rasor v. Northwest Hospital, LLC  
Date: October 18, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0134-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In a medical malpractice action, a defendant may move for summary judgment based on a proposed expert’s lack of required qualifications under Ariz. Rev. Stat. 12-2604 without first challenging the sufficiency of the expe...

State v. Burbey  
Date: October 13, 2017
Docket Number: CR-16-0390-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Only the second requirement of Ariz. Rev. Stat. 13-3822(A) that registered sex offenders must “register as a transient not less than every ninety days” if the person “does not have an address or a permanent place of resi...

Wright v. Honorable Pamela Gates  
Date: October 4, 2017
Docket Number: CR-16-0435-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Enhanced sentences may not be imposed under the dangerous crimes against children (DCAC) statute when a defendant commits a crime against a fictitious child. Defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of solicitation to co...

Date: October 2, 2017
Docket Number: CV-16-0051-PR
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