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  • 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 […]
  • Legally Speaking: Is the death penalty worth the time and money?

    This week on Legally Speaking I ask the question “is the death penalty worth it?” In this discussion I explain there is more to the death penalty than the emotional aspects and the end result. Numerous studies have been conducted that indicate the death penalty has no deterrent effect. In other words, the fact that […]
  • Life for Marissa Devault

    Life. That is what Marissa Devault received Wednesday. After numerous days of deliberations, several substantial breaks and three phases/parts of a first-degree murder trial, the jury decided to spare the convicted murderer the death penalty and give her life.
  • Legally Speaking: Homeowner who killed teens in ‘self defense’ convicted of murder

    This week on Legally Speaking, I discuss the unbelievable case of the homeowner who shot and killed two teenagers and then claimed self defense. Byron Smith was on trial for first degree murder and according to the prosecution, he baited two teenagers to break into his home so he could execute them. Smith argued he […]
  • The Sidebar: Marissa Devault, Debra Milke and Jodi Arias

    Here is an update on the legal issues and stories that are hot now. Marissa Devault is on trial for her life. She was convicted of first-degree murder for the killing of her husband with a hammer and now the jury must decide whether to sentence her to life or death. Did her emotional plea […]
  • The NCAA wants to feed its athletes? About time

    Starving. That one word, uttered by a superstar, was the final push the NCAA needed to propose a necessary change to its rules.
  • Be careful what you say on social media

    Social media is popular not only because it brings people together but also because you can get away with saying just about anything!
  • Should college athletes be paid?

    The issue of whether college athletes should be paid is heating up with the filing of a class-action lawsuit this week.
  • Are e-cigs (aka ‘vaping’) the wolf in sheep’s clothing?

    You may have recently seen the rugged and handsome face of actor Stephen Dorff in the black and white commercial touting the life-changing e-cigarette or the beautiful Jenny McCarthy claiming it is a good alternative to smoking.