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Supreme Court Requires Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Ramos v. Louisiana that the Sixth Amendment requires a unanimous jury verdict to convict anyone accused of a serious crime and that this requirement applies to the states. If you are like most people, you may have thought that this was already the law. In general, that is true. The...

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Arizona Domestic Violence Arrests Increase Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Domestic Violence Arrests Surge in Arizona under Lockdown Arizona has experienced a surge in reports of domestic violence in the wake of “stay-at-home” orders meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This increase in domestic violence appears to be in line with global trends as couples around the world self-isolate, and it may also be followed by an...

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Tiger King and Criminal Law: What Questions Does the Show Raise?

Along with many Americans stuck in quarantine over the past weeks, I decided to distract myself from the COVID-19 crisis to gawk unabashedly at the train wreck of a show that is Netflix’s Tiger King. Like a gift from the entertainment gods, Tiger King came at a time when Americans cooped up in their homes needed it most. It...

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Will Changes to Prosecutors’ Charging Decisions Sparked by Coronavirus Have Long-Term Impact?

Coronavirus Alters Criminal Justice Procedures in Arizona and Nationwide. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the previous weeks, Arizona jails have released inmates while prosecuting agencies have adopted more lenient charging policies. Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone announced last Thursday the suspension of the work furlough and work release programs currently in place in the Maricopa County jail system, essentially...

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Scottsdale Takes Measures to Reduce Court Appearances due to COVID-19

The City of Scottsdale has announced on its website that Scottsdale City Court will be continuing a majority of its hearings until May 1st in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic. This includes all out of custody criminal arraignments and proceedings, all cases assigned to the East Valley Regional Veteran’s Court, all civil traffic cases, and all jury trials....

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Arizona Courts, Jails Take Measures to Tackle COVID-19

Maricopa and Pima County Superior Courts Extend Suspension of Jury Duty due to Coronavirus Both Maricopa and Pima County Superior Court issued updates on their responses to the novel Coronavirus pandemic on Friday. The Pima County update noted that jury service would now be suspended until April 20, 2020. Previously, the court had only ordered the suspension of jury...

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Maricopa County Attorney Alters Criminal Charging Policies in Response to Coronavirus, while the Superior Court Makes Nearly All Criminal Hearings Virtual

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has announced that it will be changing its policies for charging criminal cases in order to reduce the spread of the novel Coronavirus in Arizona courts. This appears to mean that charging decisions (i.e., the decision of the prosecutor on whether to bring criminal charges against an individual) will become more lenient to reduce...

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Arizona Court System Takes Broader Measures Aimed at Curbing Coronavirus

Arizona Supreme Court Orders Limitation on In-Person Contact Throughout Arizona’s Court System On Monday, the Arizona Supreme Court issued a sweeping administrative order affecting the working of Arizona courts in light of “concern for the spread of COVID-19 in the general population.” Among the dramatic actions taken by Chief Justice Robert Brutinel, who signed the directive on behalf the Arizona...

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Arizona’s Justice System Takes Patchwork Measures to Address Coronavirus

Jury Duty Canceled in Some Arizona Courts, Trials Postponed The Arizona justice system has begun to take stop-gap measures to address concerns over the Coronavirus. Although no general policy has yet been announced, the Maricopa County Superior Court canceled jury selection on Monday to address rising concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. In a recent update to its website, the...

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What is Arizona’s Court System Doing in Response to the Coronavirus and Is it Enough?

Maricopa County Measures to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus Appear Underdeveloped The Maricopa County Attorney, Allister Adel, issued an email to employees of the County Attorney’s Office last Thursday updating them on what efforts the County is taking in light of the coronavirus outbreak. She states in the email that MCAO is “currently working on plans to help protect the health...

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