|Volume 7, No. 26||A Publication of the State Bar of Arizona - December 23, 2008|
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Arizona homeowners should scratch "foreclosure moratorium" from their holiday wish lists. Read More
Appeals Court Rejects DC Missing Pants Case
An appeals court says there will be no new trial for a former District of Columbia judge who tried to sue his dry cleaners for $54 million over a lost pair of pants. Read more.
ABA Ethics Opinion Cautions Judges of Potential Pitfalls in Fundraising for Problem-Solving Courts
Judges in special courts created to solve problems related to drug, mental health and domestic violence-related charges may solicit private donations to support the courts, but must be wary of potential ethical pitfalls, according to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Read more.
State Bar To Launch Online Subpoena Program
In-House Counsel Registration
Bar Extends Comment Period for Oath of Admission
2009 Annual Membership Fees
Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One | Division Two
December 18, 2008 - CR 07-0183 - State v. Karr
Did the trial court err by failing to instruct the jury regarding defendant's burden of proof on self-defense? Read opinion.
December 12, 2008 - 2 CA-CR 2008-0073 - State of Arizona v. Anthony Sanchez Bejarano
Whether A.R.S. � 13-4032(6), which permits the state to appeal from the granting of a motion to suppress evidence, provides appellate jurisdiction over the state's appeal of a trial court's order precluding a witness as a disclosure sanction under Rule 15.7, Ariz. R. Crim. P. Read More.
9th Circuit Court of Appeals
December 16, 2008 - Sarei v. Rio Tinto, PLC, No. 02-56256, 02-56390
The circuit court establishes that certain Alien Tort Statute (ATS) claims are appropriately considered for exhaustion under both domestic prudential standards and core principles of international law. Where the "nexus" to the U.S. is weak, courts should carefully consider the question of exhaustion, particularly with respect to claims that do not involve matters of "universal concern." Matters of "universal concern" are offenses "for which a state has jurisdiction to punish without regard to territoriality or the nationality of the offenders." In a suit brought under the ATS claiming that various war crimes, crimes against humanity, racial discrimination, and environmental torts arose out of defendant-Rio Tinto's mining operations on Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, the matter is remanded for the exhaustion inquiry using such framework. Read more.
December 15, 2008 - Sam v. Astrue, No. 08-35108
A denial of claimant's application for disability insurance benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act is affirmed where, contrary to claimant's assertion, Social Security Ruling 83-20 (1983) does not require a medical expert where the ALJ explicitly finds that the claimant has never been disabled. Read more.
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