Ethics Q&A
Q: Can you give a chiropractor who refers clients to you a basket of cookies during the holidays?

A: Yes if it's a de minimus gift and not a quid pro quo for the referrals. For more discussion, review Ariz. Op. 02-01.

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Goddard to Create Office for Migrants
The Arizona Attorney General's office plans to create an "immigrant assistance office" to go after employers and scam artists who prey on the state's growing immigrant population. Read more...

AZ Supreme Court to Review Death Penalty Cases
The Arizona Supreme Court refused to overturn the death sentences of 27 death row inmates but said it may order resentencings on a case-by-case basis. Read more...

Jurors Could Hear More From Victims' Families
Proposed Arizona legislation allows victims' families to talk to the jury in the sentencing phase of a trial. Read more...


Board of Governors Delays Admission by Motion Vote to Allow Additional Input
The State Bar Board of Governors delayed its vote on the issue until its April 25 meeting. Read more.

Free Ethics CLE's Across Arizona in May
Ethics CLE seminars are being held in eight cities in Arizona during May as part of the Statewide Recruitment Campaign for the Volunteer Lawyers Program.
Read more.

County Attorney and Son Honored
Maricopa County Attorney and his son, Captain David Romley, are being honored for their commitment to the community. Read more...

Volunteers Needed - Get Involved!
The State Bar Appointments Committee is looking to fill vacancies on several boards. The deadline is to apply is Friday, May 16, 2003. More information.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

April 8, 2003 - SA 03-0014 - Boynton v. State
Is the criminal offense of luring a minor for sexual exploitation a "dangerous crime against children"? Read opinion...

April 1, 2003 - 2 CA-SA 2003-0026 - State v. Hantman; Riedel
When misdemeanor criminal charges are filed, dismissed without prejudice, and refiled within the limitations period, then dismissed without prejudice again after the limitations period has expired, may the state refile the charges within six months of the second dismissal pursuant to A.R.S. � 13-107(G)? Read opinion...

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

April 8, 2003 - No. 01-17430 - Zeltser v. City of Oakland
Under California law, a pawnshop owner was entitled to an opportunity to assert ownership interest in a ring seized by the police, prior to its return to the original owner. Read opinion...

April 8, 2003 - No. 00-035589 - Hobler v. Brueher
An elected county prosecutor need not have retained the at-will confidential secretaries hired by the predecessor he defeated (who supported the predecessor politically), as the First Amendment did not protect the employees' dismissal for political reasons. Read opinion...