Scott Bales

Oct 23, 2020

Court expansion brings more cases, less efficiency

Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Brutinel said the addition of two more justices has made the court less efficient. Brutinel’s assessment contradicts Gov. Doug Ducey’s justification in 2016 for signing legislation to expand the court from five to seven justices “. . . will ensure that the court can increase efficiency, hear more cases […]

Feb 6, 2020

State Bar reprimands, fines attorney who plagiarized Supreme Court justices

The lawyer who plagiarized U.S. Supreme Court justices in her application to be an Arizona Court of Appeals judge was reprimanded and fined $1,200 by the State Bar.

In this Oct. 5, 2015 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The court’s June 21 ruling allows states to enforce laws requiring many out-of-state businesses to collect taxes on sales made to local residents. PHOTO BY CAROLYN KASTER/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Dec 26, 2019

State asks U.S. Supreme Court to overrule state high court

Attorney General Mark Brnovich wants the U.S. Supreme Court to deny a new trial to a man who says bad legal advice he got in a criminal case resulted in his deportation.

Sep 8, 2019

The Breakdown: On Wednesdays we have news

Maricopa County “top cop” Bill Montgomery’s got a new job, and while he’s trying on black robes half the lawyers in Phoenix are gunning for his old one.

Jul 27, 2019

Montgomery becomes finalist for Arizona Supreme Court

The next justice on the Arizona Supreme Court will come from a list of seven candidates that includes four Court of Appeals judges, a public defender, a lawyer in private practice and a controversial county attorney.

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 16, 2019

State Supreme Court gives deported man second chance at trial

In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, the justices said that Hector Sebastion Nuñez-Diaz never would have entered into a plea deal on a drug charge had he been informed it would result in his automatic removal from this country.

Jun 23, 2019

New state chief justice to continue push for ‘bail reform’

Anyone looking for major changes at the Arizona Supreme Court with the naming Friday of Robert Brutinel as its chief justice is likely to be disappointed.

Jun 13, 2019

Attorney who plagiarized U.S. justices revises application for court appointment

The attorney who plagiarized U.S. Supreme Court justices in her quest for a spot on the Arizona Court of Appeals has revised her application to delete the offending passages.

Apr 26, 2019

Ducey chooses Republican appellate judge to join Supreme Court

Gov. Doug Ducey now has the majority of the Arizona Supreme Court picks after appointing Judge James P. Beene today to fill the seat vacated by Justice John Pelander.

In this Aug. 25, 2014 file photo, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery speaks during a news conference in Phoenix. Hundreds of immigrants who have been denied bail under a strict Arizona law will now have the opportunity to be released after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in the closely watched case. The high court kept intact a lower-court ruling from three weeks ago that struck down the law, which was passed in 2006 amid a series of immigration crackdowns in Arizona over the past decade. Montgomery and Sehriff Joe Arpaio defended the law before the courts.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
Mar 8, 2019

Political baggage burdens Montgomery’s Supreme Court quest

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has won three consecutive elections as the county’s chief prosecutor, but he couldn’t get the few votes needed to make it on the shortlist of Arizona Supreme Court nominees.

Feb 6, 2019

Commission narrows field of Supreme Court applicants

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is one of 11 applicants for a spot on the Arizona Supreme Court who will move on to the interview process with the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments.