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Well, it seems that President Obama and his attorney general are not the only liberals eager to throw white law enforcement officers “under the bus.” Yup, one of our very own recently came out publicly citing Arizona white law enforcement officers’ high black-American arrest statistics. Who should local law enforcement be arresting in our local inner-cities; Eskimos, Berber tribesmen, or Polynesians?
Who runs the Phoenix Police Department, the Chief of Police or the police unions?
Who runs the Phoenix Police Department, the Chief of Police or the police unions?
“Interesting how the same liberal Democrats that are screaming how wrong it is to torture terrorists are the same ones that are using drones to kill those terrorist.”
PHOENIX -- Arizonans are not entitled to details of exactly how police departments can track cell phones -- and their owners -- a judge has concluded.
“Looking so forward to Jan Brewer being gone! Already got rid of Pierce, now just need to oust Sheriff Joe and John McCain!”
PHOENIX (AP) — A new court ruling has upheld Arizona criminal sentencing laws that allow courts to consider the emotional and financial harm inflicted on victims and their families in handing down stiffer sentences.
The Chandler Police Department recently released a notification of a sex offender who has moved to the city.
Calling the award justified, a federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld giving $300,000 in punitive damages to a former Asarco employees who successfully sued for company for sexual harassment.
Arizona has a legal right to discriminate against attorneys from other states who do not let lawyers from here automatically practice there, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
Hoping to knock down any talk of sentencing reform, Arizona prosecutors released a report Friday seeking to debunk claims that some of the more than 41,000 people behind bars here really don't belong there.
Something happens when courage shows up with a microphone. Hope sets in and America stands taller. We can use a bit of both right now. It’s my take that the Ferguson, Mo., mess has knocked our nation down a click or two.
Last Tuesday night’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a Phoenix police officer has once again shined the light on policing. An officer investigating a report of drug dealing shot and killed Rumain Brisbon when the officer believed he was pulling a gun from his pocket.
A former student teacher at Tempe High School has been sentenced to three years in prison and lifetime probation in a sex case involving a student.
A judge presiding over a racial profiling case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office will hold a hearing Thursday to discuss pursuing criminal contempt-of-court proceedings against the sheriff over what the judge says is the police agency's disregard for his orders.
A man convicted of the brutal murder of a Buckeye librarian could get to escape not only the death penalty but his conviction because of possible bias by the judge.
Gilbert has found itself listed as one of the safest cities in America for the second year in a row, although that doesn’t mean residents should rest too easily on their laurels.
An appeals court has thrown out a ruling that barred the public from watching the first witness called by Jodi Arias at her sentencing retrial.
A court has rejected Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's request to reconsider a ruling that blocked her policy of denying driver's licenses to young immigrants who have avoided deportation under an Obama administration policy.
In January, new Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint a new director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The director’s term coincides with the governor’s.
PHOENIX - The former owner of a metro Phoenix car wash chain was sentenced to one year in prison and another year of home confinement for his acknowledged role in a scheme to hire hundreds of workers who weren't in the country legally.
PHOENIX — Doctors who recommend marijuana to patients can't be charged with crimes even if they did not follow the procedures required by law, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
The judges acknowledged that Robert Gear, a Phoenix naturopath with offices in several communities, had been charged with recommending the drug to a patient without having access to 12 months of her medical records. That is a requirement under the law.
Gear was indicted on charges of forgery and fraudulent schemes after saying on a form required by the Department of Health Services that he had, in fact, seen those records.
But Judge Patricia Norris, writing for the unanimous appellate court, said what Gear or did not do is legally irrelevant. She said the 2010 voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act specifically bars criminal charges against any physician who certifies that a patient is likely to benefit from the drug.
Norris said a contrary ruling would be bad public policy.
"Criminal scrutiny and prosecution of physicians for certifying patients for medical marijuana use would have a chilling effect on the voluntary participation of physicians, and, thereby, hinder qualifying patients' efforts to obtain competent medical advice regarding medical marijuana, its medical risks, and its alleged therapeutic and palliative benefits,'' the judge wrote.
Thursday's decision upset Navajo County Attorney Brad Carlyon
"I'm just disappointed there are no consequences for doctors that don't follow the rules on how to prescribe a medical marijuana card,'' he said.
But Kimberly Kent, the attorney who represents Gear, said the law is clear. She said a doctor who determines marijuana is appropriate for a patient is immune from criminal prosecution.
Kent said it's a separate question of whether Gear might face some discipline, either by the health department or the board that regulates naturopaths.
Arizona law allows those with certain medical conditions to obtain up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. But they must first get a written recommendation from a doctor.
Court records say that a confidential informant working for the county's drug task force went to Gear to get such a recommendation. She completed a medical questionnaire and medical records statement provided by Gear's staff and disclosed information about her medical history and physical condition.
She also said she had seen other doctors in the past 12 months but did not "have a complete set of medical records'' with her. But she agreed she would either request that her records be sent to Gear or would bring them to her on her next visit.
Based on his examination of the woman, Gear certified the woman for medical marijuana use. He also completed a form which said he had "reviewed the qualifying patient's medical records, including medical records from other treating physicians from the previous 12 months.''
Norris said there is no legal basis for the charge.
She said the 2010 law provides immunity for any case in which a doctor certifies that "a patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of marijuana.'' And Norris said that is exactly what Gear did.
The question of whether he was not truthful on the form does not strip Gear of that immunity, she said, particularly as that requirement to review 12 months' worth of medical records is not required under the law but instead a regulation by the health department.
"Dr. Gear did not lose his statutory immunity merely because he completed the mandated DHS form,'' Norris wrote.
Beyond that, she said the immunity extends beyond delivering the certification sought by the patient.
"It also encompasses a physician's actions in preparing and completing the written certification,'' Norris said.
State Health Director Will Humble, whose agency enacted the rules about the medical records and designed the form, declined to comment on Thursday's ruling.
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A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of nearly 100 plaintiffs after a Mesa neighborhood was submerged by floodwaters two months ago.
The Attorney General's Office is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's ruling which says gays can marry. But its top litigator insists it's not because he wants to stop same-sex weddings.
Maricopa County Sheriff' Office officials say a Gilbert woman has been arrested after allegedly threatening to kill young children who may have been trespassing in her front yard.