Covid pandemic, nurse practitioner, prison sentence
Jul 12, 2023

Woman who faked being nurse practitioner during pandemic gets 5-year prison term

An Arizona woman who faked being a nurse practitioner during the Covid pandemic was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison.

inmate, phone calls, children, appeals court
Jul 7, 2023

Inmate can press claim that phone limits hurt right to stay in his kids’ lives

An inmate who claimed that the federal prison system’s 300-minute-a-month limit on phone calls infringed on his ability to be involved in his children’s lives should get a chance to present his case, an appeals court ruled.

arrest, Chandler, Anthonie Ruinard, Maricopa County Sheriff's officials, bonfire pile, first-degree murder
Jul 6, 2023

Man arrested in death of teen whose body was found in bonfire pile

A man has been arrested in the death of a teen whose body was found in a bonfire pile in Arizona last month, authorities said Thursday.

lithium, mine, Nevada, Arizona, Biden administration
Jun 27, 2023

Court to hear appeal over Biden-backed lithium mine opposed by tribes, environmentalists

A U.S. appeals court will consider challenges Tuesday to a huge lithium mine in Nevada in a case that pits environmentalists and Native Americans against President Joe Biden's plans to combat climate change and could have broad implications for mining operations across the West.

grand jury, indictment, Mayes, Gates
Jun 20, 2023

AG brings charges over election-related threat targeting county supervisor

Attorney General Kris Mayes announced her office filed charges against an Arizona man who allegedly sent a threatening email to Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates days after the midterm election.

judges, Goldwater Institute, retention, voters, ballots
Jun 19, 2023

Case against ex-Arizona corrections boss in 2022 standoff with officers pushed to July

A judge on Monday postponed until July the case against Arizona's former corrections director in an encounter in which police say he fired a gun inside his Tempe home and pointed a firearm at two officers during a three-hour standoff.

Maricopa County Durango Jail in South Phoenix is a possible site for a re-entry center for recently released prisoners and an employment center for incarcerated prisoners. (Photo by Paulina Pineda/Arizona Capitol Times)
Jun 15, 2023

Death row inmate sentenced for young girl’s death set free

A man who sat on death row, despite the existence of exculpatory evidence, walked free today after 29 years behind bars.  

Native American children, Indian Child Welfare Act, U.S. Supreme Court,
Jun 15, 2023

Supreme Court preserves law that aims to keep Native American children with tribal families

The Supreme Court on Thursday preserved the system that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings of Native children, rejecting a broad attack from some Republican-led states and white families who argued it is based on race.

fraud, Covid, sentencing
Jun 9, 2023

4 in Arizona get prison time for fraudulently getting millions in Covid aid

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Arizona says four people have been sentenced for fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in federal Covid assistance, including a couple who netted $13 million.

marijuana, expungement, Maricopa County
May 31, 2023

Court paves way for expunging records for those selling small amounts of marijuana

The state Court of Appeals has opened the door for people convicted of selling small amounts of marijuana in Arizona to now qualify to have their records expunged.

plea agreement, mother, Flagstaff, murder
May 29, 2023

Mother pleads guilty after Arizona boy starves to death

An Arizona mother has pleaded guilty to murder and child abuse charges stemming from the death of her 6-year-old son who had been locked in a closet and denied food.

May 27, 2023

Phoenix faces dueling lawsuits over homeless crisis as advocates scramble for more shelter

Phoenix is facing dueling lawsuits as it tries to manage a crisis of homelessness that has converted its downtown into a tent city housing hundreds of people as summer temperatures soar.