Ethics Q&A
Q: Is there a conflict when a prosecutor is dating a public defender?

A: Yes but: 1) it probably is waivable; and 2) might not conflict out all of the lawyers in each office, depending upon the facts of each case. For analysis, see Ariz. Op. 01-10.
See also Ariz. Op. 01-12 regarding public defender dating police officer.

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AZ Supreme Court Answers Arbitrator Question
The AZ Supreme Court, responding to certified question from 9th Circuit, says A.R.S. 12-1861 does not authorize system obliging lawyers to serve as arbitrators. Read more...

AZ Judicial Branch Releases Plan to Help Balance Budget
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Searching for Expert Witnesses
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Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

October 17, 2002 - CR 01-00827 - State v. Dean
If police officers attempt to stop and arrest the driver of a vehicle and the driver returns to his driveway and enters the house, can the police search the vehicle incident to the arrest of the driver if he is arrested in the house two and a half hours later? Read opinion...

October 24, 2002 - 2CA-SA 2002-0046 - Qwest Corp. v. Mark McMahon
What is the scope of the exclusive jurisdiction of the Corporation Commission and are claims for consumer fraud and negligent misrepresentation, brought in superior court, barred under the "filed rate doctrine?" Read opinion...

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

October 23, 2002 - No. 00-99005 - Fields v. Woodford
Because a juror, whose wife was assaulted and robbed, may have been biased against defendant who was being prosecuted for multiple counts of rape, robbery and murder, an evidentiary hearing on juror bias is necessary.
Read amended opinion...

October 24, 2002 - No. 01-55930 - Brown v. Li
A university's decision not to assign a passing grade to a thesis meeting all professional and academic standards, but including a non-conforming "acknowledgements" section, did not violate the First Amendment.
Read amended opinion...