Criminal Justice


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Arizona’s Judges Are Overwhelmingly White Men. What Does That Mean for Defendants?

The Arizona Advocacy Foundation report shows Arizona judges don’t represent those they serve. A new report shows that Arizona’s judges are overwhelmingly white men—a vast overrepresentation compared to the state’s increasingly diverse population. Approximately 91% of judges are white, and 66% are men, according to the 2021 report from the Arizona Advocacy Foundation.  Only six...

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Arizona Lawmakers, Residents, and Even Mark Ruffalo Pressure Maricopa County Attorney Over Black Lives Matter Arrests

Arizona lawmakers and residents are demanding that charges be dropped against protesters arrested during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

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For Survivors of the Jan. 8 Tucson Shooting, Every Week Is National Gun Violence Survivors Week

By early February, the United States has more gun deaths per capita than other developed nations see during the entire year. Pam Simon wears a gold necklace around her neck in memory of 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green. Green was the youngest victim of the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting at a Safeway just outside Tucson that would...

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Arizona Hate Crimes Spiked in 2019; Experts Fear 2020 Could Be Worse

Hate crimes in Arizona bounced back in 2019 after a sharp drop the year before, and advocates say they fear the numbers are only going to continue to rise when the tumult of 2020 is reported.

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No Charges for Officer Who Allegedly Threatened to Shoot Phoenix Mayor

A Maricopa County Attorney’s Office spokesperson said it “cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer’s statements constituted a ‘true threat.’ The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that it won’t file criminal charges against a Phoenix police officer who allegedly threatened to shoot the city’s mayor. Mayor Kate Gallego was given additional law...

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Everything You Need to Know About Marijuana in Arizona

Your guide to recreational marijuana in Arizona — for both aspiring and experienced stoners alike. Arizonans overwhelmingly voted to legalize marijuana and weed officially became legal for recreational use last year for anyone over the age of 21. But legalization came with lots of questions about buying, using, and everything else from the curious to...

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Where A Juvenile Commits A Crime Can Determine Their Fate

For every child who enters the juvenile justice system, the outcome can vary widely, depending on where the case is heard and the offense is committed.