Voters to decide if state should levy new fine to help victims’ families
Arizona voters will get to decide next year whether the state should levy a new $20 fine on each criminal conviction in order to pay an extra $250,000 to the families of police officers, firefighters, EMTs and corrections officers killed on the job because of a criminal act.
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.
Defense attorneys take aim at law governing interaction with crime victims
Defense attorneys allege in a federal suit filed today that an Arizona law blocking them from speaking with crime victims and their relatives violates the First Amendment.
Former Clemency Board members claim pressure from governor’s office
Five former members of the Board of Executive Clemency claim Gov. Jan Brewer’s top aide tried strong-arming them into not giving leniency to prisoners and punished those who did.
Crime victims to be honored at Ariz. Capitol
State officials are planning to honor Arizona crime victims and their advocates. A luncheon and awards presentation will be held today at the state Capitol for victims and their families. The event will mark the start of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.