Ethics Q&A
Q: Can you threaten criminal prosecution in negotiation of a civil dispute?

A: Yes, but only in very limited circumstances that do not constitute extortion. Read Ariz. Op. 91-07.



Matters of Opinion

Mary Schroeder, the Ninth Circuit's Chief Judge, talks to us about the Pledge of Allegiance, splitting the Circuit, job stress-and even books on tape. Read the article.



All For You...

The State Bar's Ethics Hotline is a great resource for you. You'll get free, real-life advice on everyday matters or big picture issues. Call 602-340-7284.


Planning to Close Your Practice?

Several factors can help you determine the best date to close your practice. Read more...



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DNA Flaws Called Unlikely to Jeopardize Police Cases
Even though lab technicians miscalculated DNA results in nine AZ felony cases, police and prosecutors say plenty of other evidence exists to justify keeping the suspects locked up. Read more...

9th Circuit Skirmish Over Second Amendment
The 9th Circuit let stand a controversial ruling that found the Second Amendment doesn't give individuals a right to bear arms. Read more...

Staff Cuts Hurting Public, AG Says
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57 Attorneys Honored
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Arizona Court of Appeals
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April 30, 2003 - 2 CA-CV 2001-0100 - Pleak v. Entrada
Does Arizona common law permit adjacent property owners to enforce a roadway easement against the grantees and their successors of the developer-grantor who "dedicated" the easement to the public in a recorded land survey before selling the individual lots? Read opinion...

April 29, 2003 - CV 02-0588 - Sanderson v. Ford Motor Co.
Does the Arizona statutory scheme governing establishment of automotive dealerships provide Sanderson Lincoln Mercury, Inc. standing to object to Ford Motor Company's plan to establish a new dealership on a county island within the exterior boundaries of the incorporated City of Phoenix? Read opinion...

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

May 6, 2003 - No. 01-15195 - Powell v. Galaza
A state trial court's mid-trial jury instruction improperly removed the element of specific intent from the jury's consideration and effectively directed the jury to find for the state on that element. A "harmless error" review standard is inapplicable. Read opinion...

May 5, 2003 - No. 02-50160 - US v. Gonzalez
Under the Fourth Amendment, the expectation of privacy in a hospital mailroom used by the public is not one which society recognizes as reasonable, and the fact that a surveillance was conducted by video camera does not change the privacy analysis under the circumstances.
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