Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice

legislation, child sex dollars, Senate, House, Nguyen, Bliss
May 5, 2023

Senators consider legislation that would make possessing ‘child sex doll’ a felony

State senators are weighing legislation designed to ensure that a picture of your child does not end up on a sex doll bought by a neighbor.

pulsar manipulation device, Kern, Senate, House, gas pumps, theft
Mar 24, 2023

Bill would upgrade charge of a device used for fuel theft

A bill that would upgrade the charge on the use of a pulsar manipulation device in a gas pump is advancing in the legislature. 

death row, Mayes, Hobbs, Conover, lethal injection, Mitchell, equal treatment, prison, death row, Gunches
Mar 23, 2023

Court won’t order execution of Gunches

What started as Aaron Gunches' wish for his own execution has slowly swirled into a loaded political microcosm, pulling top state officials, multiple Corrections administrations and justice groups into its orbit.

fentanyl, drugs, cartels, Arizona Counter Drug Task Force, synthetic opioids, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Kern, Republicans, Marsh, Democrats, overdose
Jan 26, 2023

Republicans advance bill that would boost penalties for fentanyl suppliers

Republicans in the state Senate are working to greatly boost the penalties for people who supply the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, advancing a bill on Thursday that would subject someone who makes, transports or sells the drug to life in prison or the death penalty if someone dies after taking the drug.

crime victims, families, law, Victims Bill of Rights, Steven Logan, judge, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Nov 4, 2022

Judge prohibits state from enforcing law limiting attorneys from directly contacting crime victims

A federal judge is barring the state from enforcing a 31-year-old law that prohibits defense attorneys from directly contacting crime victims or their families, calling it a violation of their constitutional rights.

Kavanagh, attorney general
Apr 27, 2022

9th Circuit ruling on AZ crime victims stands

Criminal defense attorneys in Arizona are now free to challenge a state law that prohibits them from directly contacting crime victims and their families.

Mar 10, 2021

Bill gives wrongfully convicted new chance at freedom

Arizonans who contend they were wrongfully convicted could get a new way of trying to exonerate themselves.

Oct 2, 2020

GOP offers body cam support – Dems optimistic, but …

Arizona Republicans are continuing their push for wider body camera usage in the state — but advocates worry whether their efforts are enough to make meaningful change.

Protesters demonstrate at the August 22 campaign rally for President Trump. Phoenix police made a handful of arrests and used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd as the event came to a close. (Arizona Capitol Times/Photo by Ellen O'Brien)
Sep 1, 2017

Lawyers on call, prepared to defend protesters arrested at Trump rally

As President Donald Trump arrived in downtown Phoenix on August 22, dozens of attorneys were on call ready to defend protesters and rally-goers alike – free of charge.

Aug 11, 2017

Controversial researcher hired to update prison population study

The latest update to the Prisoners in Arizona report, produced by the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council, or APAAC, is scheduled to be finished this fall, and it promises to be more controversial than ever thanks to the man hired to update it, John Lott.

Jun 2, 2017

Age of ‘tough-on-crime’ policies is fading in Arizona

The “tough-on-crime” trend is fading fast even in red state strongholds like Arizona. In its wake, a new movement has formed under a far more millennial catchphrase: smart on crime.

May 18, 2017

County attorney impugns important role of criminal defense

The defense bar consists of attorneys dedicated to justice for their clients and the system. They are as interested in just laws, and fairness within the justice system, as prosecutors may be. Defaming us is not going to deter us from meeting obligations to clients and the criminal justice system.