James Beene

Aug 20, 2022

Arizona Supreme Court explains decision to kill vote

Arizonans have no constitutional right to block lawmakers from cutting - or even eliminating - taxes, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday.

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Mar 5, 2020

Court says misapplied law allows killers chance at parole

Some erroneous words used by judges 25 years ago could possibly result in the release of nearly 300 people who the law said should have been incarcerated for the rest of their lives.

Sep 13, 2019

Ducey picks Democrat for Court of Appeals

Gov. Doug Ducey appointed a Democrat to the Arizona Court of Appeals on Friday, a week after his controversial pick of Republican Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to the Supreme Court.

Sep 4, 2019

Ducey appoints Montgomery to high court

Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Bill Montgomery to the Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon, making the controversial Maricopa County attorney Ducey’s fifth selection to the state’s highest court.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a leader of the effort to defeat Proposition 121, said a primary system in California similar to that proposed for Arizona has resulted in fewer independent candidates on that state’s general election ballot. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Lindsey Smith)
Jul 24, 2019

Montgomery supporters line up in bid for Supreme Court

Their candidate squeezed out of the last screening, allies of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery are lining up to urge that he be nominated for the Arizona Supreme Court.

Jul 22, 2019

James Beene: Last stop on the bench

Newly-appointed Arizona Supreme Court Justice James Beene gravitated toward his profession in the same way a lot of young kids do — he fell in love with a book.

Mar 18, 2019

Court rules divorced woman can use fertilized embryos against father’s wishes

A divorced woman is entitled to implant some fertilized embryos created before she was married despite the objections of her former husband, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

The Governor’s Office is working to revamp the state’s water laws. In this photo, an irrigation ditch provides water for a farm in the East Valley near Recker and Williams Field roads. (Photo by Ellen O'Brien/Arizona Capitol Times)
Feb 25, 2019

House approves tax exemption for pesticides, fertilizers

The preliminary vote by the full House came following pleas from lawmakers representing agricultural communities that it's unfair to require those who grow food for Arizonans and people across the county to pay taxes on items they need.

May 25, 2018

Court rules victims can be referred to as ‘alleged victims’

People who prosecutors say are the victims of crime have no legal right to be referred to at trial as "victim'' rather than "alleged victim,'' the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.