Q: May I pay the cost of a court-ordered security bond?

A: Yes. A lawyer may advance, contingent on a case's outcome, the cost of a security bond. Read Ethics Op. 06-05.




Eminently Relevant
Eminent domain has been much in the news, most recently as a state ballot proposition. Here is a primer on what every lawyer should know on the subject. Read more.

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Supreme Court Upholds California Death Penalty Jury Instruction
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld California's jury instruction for death penalty cases, ruling the instructions provide adequate opportunity for jurors to weigh evidence favoring the defendant. Read more.

Proposal May End Court Pay Dispute
A Pima County administrator has recommended giving raises to some underpaid courts employees, including court reporters, probation officers and juvenile detention officers. Read more.

Yuma County Courts Want Input
Yuma County Superior Court staff will be asking customers to fill out surveys this week as part of a performance-measurement program being implemented through a state grant. Read more.



Court Approves Late-Fee Increase for Annual Dues
The Arizona Supreme Court has approved changes to the late-fee amounts that are charged Bar members who submit their annual dues late. Read more.

Get More Business Through the Member-to-Member Referral Guide
Sign up now to advertise in the Arizona Attorney's 2007 Member-to-Member Referral Guide. It can help bring you new business through referrals from other attorneys. Read more.

Bar Program Offers Help with Holiday Stress
The State Bar is offering "How to Deal with Holiday Stress," a 3-hour program on Dec. 6th that also qualifies for three hours of MCLE ethics credits. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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November 9, 2006 – CR 05-0733 – State v. McIntosh
Did the trial court commit reversible error by accepting a guilty verdict bearing the hand-written juror number on the signature line for the jury foreperson? Read opinion.

October 31, 2006 – 2 CA-CV 2005-0035 – Ledvina v. Cerasani
Is one who reports an alleged crime to the police subject to being sued for defamation? Did the trial court correctly rule that crime reports to police are absolutely privileged under Arizona's public policy and case law? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

November 8, 2006 – No. 04-17237 – Anderson v. Terhune
Denial of a petition for writ of habeas corpus from a conviction for special circumstance murder is affirmed over claims that: 1) petitioner was denied his constitutional right to remain silent; and 2) he was denied due process by the introduction of his involuntary confession into evidence, and by the exclusion of evidence of coercion in the interrogation process. Read opinion.

November 7, 2006 – No. 04-55274, 04-56148 – Galen v. County of Los Angeles
In a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action claiming that the $1,000,000 bail set upon plaintiff's arrest for domestic violence was excessive in violation of the Eighth Amendment, summary judgment for defendants, county and officers, is affirmed where plaintiff failed to adduce evidence that peace officers caused unconstitutionally excessive bail to be set. However, the district court abused its discretion in part in awarding attorneys' fees to defendants. Read opinion.






A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Capitol
Attorneys who have even one client who needs lobbying efforts will benefit from this all-day seminar on Thursday, Nov. 30. Read more.



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