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Recent Decisions From the Arizona Supreme Court

State v. McKinney  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: CR-93-0362-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: After granting the State’s motion to conduct a new independent review of Defendant’s two death sentences, the Supreme Court affirmed the sentences, holding that there was no error in the trial court’s findings of aggrava...

State v. Valenzuela  
Date: September 25, 2018
Docket Number: CR-14-0351-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions of first degree murder, discharge of a firearm at a structure, and misconduct involving weapons and sentences of death for the murder and concurrent prison sentences for...

State v. Escalante  
Date: September 14, 2018
Docket Number: CR-17-0251-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s drug-related convictions and remanded the case for a new trial, holding that the admission and pervasive use of drug-courier profile evidence during Defendant's trial constituted fu...

Alma S. v. Department of Child Safety  
Date: September 14, 2018
Docket Number: CV-17-0363-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this termination of parental rights case, the Supreme Court held that juvenile courts must consider the totality of the circumstances existing at the time of a parental severance determination, including the child’s a...

State v. Sanders  
Date: September 13, 2018
Docket Number: CR-14-0302-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for first degree murder and child abuse and Defendant’s sentence of death, holding that there was no reversible error in the proceedings below. Specifically, the Court...

State v. Richter  
Date: August 24, 2018
Docket Number: CR-17-0452-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that an abuser’s ongoing threats of harm over a three-month period may establish a “threat or use of immediate physical force” under Ariz. Rev. Stat. 13-412(A) supporting a defendant’s duress defen...

Ryan v. Napier  
Date: August 23, 2018
Docket Number: CV-17-0325-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this negligence action, the Supreme Court held that a negligence claim based solely on an officer’s intentional use of physical force is inappropriate. Rather, the appropriate state-law claim is for battery. Plaintif...

Glazer v. State  
Date: August 21, 2018
Docket Number: CV-17-0229-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: When asked to decide the rate at which interest on a $7.8 million judgment Plaintiff obtained against the State accrued pending appeal, the Supreme Court held that the interest rate prescribed by Ariz. Rev. Stat. 41-622(...

State v. Bush  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: CR-11-0107-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for two counts of first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, and other crimes and Defendant’s sentence of death for each murder, holding that no prejudicial err...

Silver v. Pueblo Del Sol Water Co  
Date: August 9, 2018
Docket Number: CV-16-0294-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Ariz. Rev. Stat. 45-108 does not require the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) to consider unquantified federal reserved water rights when it determines whether a developer has an a...

Twin City Fire Insurance Co. v. Leija  
Date: August 2, 2018
Docket Number: CV-17-0280-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this workers’ compensation case was whether, when a worker settles a claim against a third party for less than the limits of the third party’s insurance, the worker may obtain a judicial determination of whet...

Mertola, LLC v. Santos  
Date: July 27, 2018
Docket Number: CV-17-0109-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was when the statute of limitations commences on credit card debt subject to an optional acceleration clause. The Supreme Court held that Mertola LLC’s lawsuit seeking to collect an outstanding credit card debt...

State v. Urrea  
Date: July 11, 2018
Docket Number: CR-17-0261-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for transportation of a narcotic drug for sale, holding that the trial court’s remedy for a Batson violation of reinstating wrongfully excluded jurors to the venire was p...

Kopp v. Physician Group of Arizona, Inc.  
Date: July 9, 2018
Docket Number: CV-17-0222-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this medical malpractice action, the Supreme Court held that a stipulated dismissal with prejudice of an agent-surgeon does not preclude a party from asserting a claim against the surgeon’s principal for its own indep...

DENNIS TEUFEL v AMERICAN FAMILY/KERRY HANSON
Date: June 14, 2018
Docket Number: CV-17-0190-PR
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