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A: The Ethics Committee discourages this practice because of the potential conflicts involved. Read Ariz. Op. 96-05.

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High Court to Weigh Ariz. Case on Car Searches
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear appeals in an Arizona case and two others pitting the freedoms and privacy of motorists against law enforcement efforts to search cars.

Patriot Act Debate Planned in Ariz.
Arizona's U.S. Attorney has scheduled a community meeting in Phoenix on the USA Patriot Act, the controversial group of anti-terrorism laws. Read more...

Private Firm to Help Ariz. Courts with Collections
In a first of its kind program, the Arizona Supreme Court has hired a private company to enforce compliance with court fines, fees and restitution. Read more...


Revised Client Care Guide Now Available
Order the revised version of the Bar's popular pamphlet "Client Care Guide: Communicating Well with Your Lawyer." The updated guide reflects the new ethical rules changes and features a friendlier look. Order Form.

Deadline Nears to File Compliance Affidavit
The deadline to file your 2002-03 Affidavit of Compliance with Rule 45 is Monday, September 15, 2003. File on-line using our secure site, or visit the MCLE home page for more info.

Arizona Judges Begin Review Period
The Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review (JPR) has begun distributing surveys to attorneys, jurors, litigants, and witnesses to evaluate the performance of judges. Learn more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

September 2, 2003 - CR 02-0963 - State v. Atkins
Does A.R.S. § 28-1595(C) adequately specify the evidence of identity that a passenger must provide if an officer reasonably believes the passenger to have violated a provision of the traffic code?
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August 21, 2003 - 2 CA-SA 2003-0053 - Bergeron v. Campbell
When a party seeks a change of judge as a matter of right pursuant to Rule 10.2, Ariz. R. Crim. P., 16A A.R.S., may that judge or any other judge conduct an inquiry to determine whether the party has sought the change for an improper purpose, or must the case be assigned to a different judge upon compliance with the rule?
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9th Circuit Court of Appeals

September 5, 2003 - No. 03-55702 - McQuillion v. Duncan
An order of immediate release does not deprive the governor of his power to request a Board of Prison Terms review under California Penal Code section 3041.1.
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September 2, 2003 - No. 98-99002 - Summerlin v. Stewart
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Ring v. Arizona, 536 U.S. 584 (2002), has retroactive application to cases on federal habeas review; petitioner's death sentence is vacated. Read opinion...