Arizona Supreme Court Decisions 2011

State v. Manuel  
Date: December 21, 2011
Docket Number: CR-09-0253-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Jahmari Manuel was convicted of first degree murder and other offenses related to the death of Darrell Willeford. The jury determined that Manuel should be sentenced to death for the murder. The Supre...

Ochser v. Funk  
Date: December 21, 2011
Docket Number: CV-11-0028-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Clifford Ochser brought a civil rights action against two deputy sheriffs for arresting him on a warrant that had been quashed some thirteen months earlier. The trial court granted the deputies' motion for summary judgme...

State v. Eddington  
Date: December 20, 2011
Docket Number: CR-11-0040-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Douglas Eddington was charged as an accomplice in the murder of the son of a Tucson police officer. During voir dire, one potential juror stated he was employed as a deputy sheriff with the law enforcement agency that ha...

Estate of Braden v. State  
Date: November 30, 2011
Docket Number: CV-10-0300-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Jacob Braden, an adult with developmental disabilities, died as a result of injuries suffered while residing at an Arizona Integrated Residential and Educational Services (AIRES) facility. AIRES is a licensed private cor...

Rivera-Longoria v. Superior Court (Slayton)  
Date: November 23, 2011
Docket Number: CV-10-0362-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: After Petitioner was indicted on child abuse, the State extended a plea offer in May 2009 without imposing a deadline for its acceptance. A new prosecutor was assigned to the case in August 2009 and notified Petitioner t...

Vasquez v. Saxon Mortgage, Inc.  
Date: November 18, 2011
Docket Number: CV-11-0091-CQ

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff refinanced her home by executing a promissory note in favor of Saxon Mortgage and a deed of trust (DOT) naming Saxon as beneficiary and a title company as trustee. Saxon assigned the note to Deutsche Bank Natio...

Ross v. Bennett  
Date: November 14, 2011
Docket Number: CV-11-0264-T/AP

Justia Opinion Summary: Citizens for a Better Arizona (CBA) filed a recall petition with Secretary of State Ken Bennett seeking to recall State Senator Russell Pearce. After determining that the petition contained more signatures than required,...

In re Abrams  
Date: August 4, 2011
Docket Number: JC-11-0001

Justia Opinion Summary: Theodore Abrams, a member of the Arizona bar, was appointed as a Tucson City Court Magistrate in 2002. In 2010, the Commission on Judicial Conduct brought formal disciplinary charges against Abrams based on allegations o...

State v. Lehr  
Date: July 13, 2011
Docket Number: CR-09-0095-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Scott Lehr was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death for the murder of two women. On appeal, the Supreme Court affirmed Lehr's convictions and sentences, holding (1) Lehr's waiver of his right...

Adams v. Comm'n on Appellate Court Appointments  
Date: July 8, 2011
Docket Number: CV-10-0405-SA

Justia Opinion Summary: The Arizona Constitution requires that a five-member Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) draw boundaries for congressional and state legislative districts after every decennial census. According to Ariz. Const. ar...

State v. Styers  
Date: July 1, 2011
Docket Number: CR-90-0356-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found James Styers guilty of the 1989 murder, conspiracy to commit first degree murder, kidnapping, and child abuse of a four-year-old. After finding three aggravating factors and no mitigating circumstances, the...

American Asphalt & Grading Co. v. CMX, L.L.C.  
Date: July 1, 2011
Docket Number: CV-10-0324-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In April 2008, plaintiff American Asphalt sued CMX for professional negligence and breach of implied warranty. On October 1, 2008, the superior court issued an order informing plaintiff that if it did not file a motion t...

Home v. Rothschild  
Date: July 1, 2011
Docket Number: CV-11-0188-AP/EL

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Marshall Home brought an action in superior court to disqualify Jonathan Rothschild as a Democratic candidate for mayor of the city of Tuscon, arguing that Rothschild was ineligible to serve as mayor because he...

Albano v. Shea Homes Ltd.  
Date: June 30, 2011
Docket Number: CV-11-0006-CQ

Justia Opinion Summary: In this lawsuit, one of several suits alleging construction defects in homes located in a Shea Homes planned community, plaintiffs Albert Albano and other homeowners appealed to the circuit court from the district court'...

Craig v. Craig  
Date: June 29, 2011
Docket Number: CV-10-0379-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: After the superior court issued a decree dissolving the marriage of Sue Craig and Roger Craig, Roger timely filed a motion for a new trial or to amend the decree. Before the court ruled on Roger's motion, Sue filed a not...

State v. Hummons  
Date: June 10, 2011
Docket Number: CR-10-0309-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Hummons agreed to speak with a police officer on the sidewalk. During the encounter the officer discovered an outstanding warrant for Hummons' arrest. The officer arrested Hummons, and in a search incident to tha...

Arizona v. Fisher  
Date: May 19, 2011
Docket Number: CR-10-0315-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In May 2006, Mesa police responded to an aggravated assault call. Officers went to the apartment complex where Appellant Laquinn Fisher lived. Officers knocked and announced their presence. Appellant and two others came...

Arizona v. West  
Date: May 12, 2011
Docket Number: CR-10-0306-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellees Randall and Penny West were charged with child abuse after an infant in their foster care died from severe head trauma. During their joint trial, each moved for an acquittal at the close of the State’s case and...

DESERT MOUNTAIN v. LIBERTY MUTUAL FIRE INSURANCE
Date: May 12, 2011
Docket Number: CV-10-0339-PR
DESERT MOUNTAIN v. LIBERTY MUTUAL FIRE INSURANCE
Date: May 12, 2011
Docket Number: CV-10-0339-PR
Arizona v. Dixon  
Date: May 6, 2011
Docket Number: CR-08-0025-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Clarence Dixon was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. At trial, he represented himself. A jury found him guilty on all counts. When Appellant elected before trial to represent himself, th...

Arizona v. Prince  
Date: May 6, 2011
Docket Number: CR-09-0019-AP

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Wayne Prince, Jr. was convicted of first degree murder for the death of his step-daughter and for the attempted murder of his wife. The jury found Appellant guilty, and the trial judge sentenced Appellant to de...

Morehart v. Arizona  
Date: April 29, 2011
Docket Number: CV-10-0327-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Arizona Constitution entitles victims of crimes to be present and informed of all criminal proceedings where the defendant has the right to be present. In this case, Petitioners Morehart and Duffy challenged a court...

Guttierez v. Industrial Commission of Arizona  
Date: April 21, 2011
Docket Number: CV-10-0285-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: A state administrative rule provides that a physician should rate an injured worker's impairment using standards set forth in the "most recent edition" of the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Perm...

STATE v. DONALD DAVID DELAHANTY
Date: April 8, 2011
Docket Number: CR-09-0133-AP
LEVERAGED LANDet al v. HODGES/CAIN et al
Date: April 7, 2011
Docket Number: CV-10-0196-PR
AMY YOUNG v. KENNETH/BARBARA BECK
Date: April 5, 2011
Docket Number: CV-10-0230-PR
PRESTONet al v. KINDRED HOSPITALS et al
Date: March 24, 2011
Docket Number: CV-11-0292-PR
CITY OF PEORIA/PHOENIX v. BRINKS HOME SECURITY, INC.
Date: March 3, 2011
Docket Number: CV-10-0218-PR
STATE v. CHRISTOPHER REGENOLD
Date: March 1, 2011
Docket Number: CR-10-0154-PR
STATE v. LOUIE THOMAS MACHADO
Date: February 16, 2011
Docket Number: CR-10-0242-PR
STATE v. CESAR MONTES
Date: January 26, 2011
Docket Number: CR-10-0017-PR
PLANNING GROUPet al v. LAKE MATHEWS MINERAL et al
Date: January 21, 2011
Docket Number: CV-10-0189-PR
BALLESTEROSet al v. AMERICAN STANDARD INSURANCE COMPANY OF WISCONSIN
Date: January 20, 2011
Docket Number: CV-10-0026-PR
DESELA v. PRESCOTT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 1 et al
Date: January 18, 2011
Docket Number: CV-10-0172-PR
STATE v. TROY JASON LEWIS
Date: January 13, 2011
Docket Number: CR-10-0211-PR
IN RE NICKOLAS S.
Date: January 10, 2011
Docket Number: CV-10-0092-PR
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