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  • Legally Speaking: Jodi Arias retrial on schedule, jury specifics given

    There is light at the end of the tunnel! The retrial of the penalty phase in State v. Jodi Arias is still on track to start jury selection on Sept. 29. The court has calendared the trial to last through the first part of December with breaks in October and November for holidays and presumably […]
  • Legally Speaking: Arias judge’s mistakes are on the record

    We would like to think that judges do not make mistakes, that they are unbiased and perfect, but even the best make mistakes.
  • Legally Speaking: What is next after the accidental Arizona Uzi shooting?

    People are deeply saddened and divided on the case of the 9-year-old girl who picked up an Uzi and accidentally shot and killed her instructor standing next to her at an Arizona gun range. Questions have surfaced about whether children should be allowed to shoot guns, where and what kinds of firearms. In this week’s […]
  • Legally Speaking: Don’t click on the celeb nudes!

    Unless you have been sleeping through the past several days, you've heard about the nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence and other famous women floating around the Internet.
  • Legally Speaking: A closer look at Arizona’s new revenge porn law

    We all know that break-ups are usually bad. They are messy, emotional and leave us with at least some amount of baggage and anger. This can lead someone to wanting to humiliate his or her ex — NOT a good idea, legally speaking or personally speaking. In Arizona, it is now illegal to take revenge […]
  • Legally Speaking: Can police search your phone without a warrant?

    Think of these scenarios: A defendant is arrested for selling two packets of crack-cocaine. Police search him and find his old-style flip phone, they search it and use the call logs on it to find more drugs. Another defendant was detained for having an expired vehicle registration and his vehicle was impounded. He was arrested, […]
  • Arizona execution will happen, inmate loses attempt to know what drugs will be used

    A death row inmate is claiming he is entitled to know detailed information about the drug that will be used to kill him.
  • Tips to save you time, money and stress in monsoon season

    The monsoons are here and, if you’re lucky, you will not suffer any damage, but chances are you just might so here are some things to keep in mind. Remember Arizona’s “stupid motorist law.” The law is there to not only protect you but also to protect first responders. Here it is in a nutshell: […]
  • Does Arizona need laws for leaving kids in hot cars?

    There have been several cases in the news about children being left in hot cars, most notably, the Justin Harris case in Georgia with baby Cooper. That case, along with the State v. Shanesha Taylor case, raises the question “Do we need a law to stop people from leaving children in their hot cars?” My […]
  • Legally Speaking: What if my kid…?

    If you are a parent like me you have probably daydreamed of the many situations your kids could get into that would cause you trouble. These “daydreams” of mine and other parents prompted this week’s Legally Speaking segment, “What if my kid…?” I address five situations kids could easily get their parents into and some […]
  • Legally Speaking: The four Fs for Fourth of July

    The Fourth of July is this week and it’s time to celebrate and party! To make your holiday a success you must remember a little bit about the 4 Fs: fireworks, firearms, floating and fun, and that is where this week’s Legally Speaking comes in. Arizona has specific rules about fireworks that you need to […]
  • Parents: Vaccinate or leave your kids at home!

    Parents who do not want to vaccinate their kids need to leave them at home. That is the message a New York judge sent this week. You no doubt are aware of the debate regarding whether to vaccinate your children and the connection between Autism and some vaccinations (sidebar — I have read, over and […]
  • Legally Speaking: Would the O.J Simpson verdict be different today?

    Do you remember where you were during the O.J. Simpson Bronco chase? How about when the not guilty verdict was read? You may remember those moments and even know a lot about the case, but did you know there were several pieces of key evidence that were not introduced into trial by the state? Had […]
  • Federal employees could face criminal charges in Arizona for dropping off immigrants

    Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery threw down the gauntlet and warned federal officials that charges of child abuse could be filed against them for transferring immigrants to Arizona. In this one simple move Montgomery might be able to do what no one else has been able to do yet…stop the transfers. Or at least make […]
  • Parents should know where their kids are surfing, in the water and on the Internet

    How could this happen to a “good” family? How could this happen to a set of loving parents who, for all intents and purposes, appeared to be “normal?” Who do we blame? When the parents are ill-quipped to raise children, for example, when they are on drugs, are alcoholics or are abusers, then we can […]
  • Legally Speaking: Summertime is the 100 deadliest days for teens

    Temperatures have definitely heated up in the Valley, which means it’s summertime. Summertime is also the 100 deadliest days for teens. With summer comes more teen drivers on the road that are distracted by the radio, food, and texting. There is something else that can distract teens even more, passengers. This is something that is […]
  • Will a recorded Jodi Arias courtroom lessen interest? Hardly

    Finally! Judge Sherry Stephens issued her ruling regarding whether she will allow cameras in the courtroom for the retrial of the penalty phase in State v. Jodi Arias. The judge surprised me and IS ALLOWING cameras to record the trial. Yes, I said “record” the trial. You see, she ordered that, although cameras are allowed […]
  • Legally Speaking: It’s time to complete your will and life care directives

    This week, KTAR has the family in focus, so “Legally Speaking” is focusing on a very important family issue — your wills and life care directives. I know this sounds scary and daunting but here is a secret — it really isn’t! Arizona has made it very easy for you to protect yourself and your […]
  • Legally Speaking: Can you be fired for being gay?

    This week on Legally Speaking I address the question “can you be fired for being gay?” Over the weekend the sports world was paying close attention, at least initially, to the NFL draft. Yes, Johnny Football was the center of attention in the first round but the attention in the last round went to not […]
  • Around prom and graduation, keep you and your kids safe and crime-free

    Parents, do you have prom and graduation party anxiety? This might help. We are well into May and it’s the time of year where teens are going crazy with anticipation and excitement for prom and the rite of passage known as graduation, while parents are nervous about the parties. This is a special time for […]