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  • 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.
  • Is Stand Your Ground really just an excuse?

    Is the Under Arizona Revised Statutes 13-405(B) “a person has no duty to retreat before threatening or using deadly physical force…if the person is in a place where the person may legally be and is not engaged in an unlawful act.” Additionally, under ARS 13-404 “[a] person is justified in threatening or using physical force […]
  • Police can now save us from ourselves and stop overdoses

    Narcan. You probably have not heard of it yet and it will not be long until police agencies across the country add it to their tool belt.
  • Cold feet at the wedding? There’s insurance for that

    For those of you who are engaged, you can now protect yourself in case your soon to be spouse decides to split and leave you standing at the altar brokenhearted and quite literally, broke.
  • Have we created a quick-draw society?

    The debate over carrying firearms, concealed or out in the open, has had a major voice over the past six years in our country.
  • Is it discipline or cyberbullying?

    I give credit to parents who can create new and effective, non-physical, ways of disciplining their children. Being a parent is a hard job and disciplining is one of the toughest things a parent faces, often on a daily basis. A parent’s job is to raise a responsible member of society, which includes feeding, caring, […]
  • Same-sex marriages again an issue in Arizona

    Whether you agree or not, the issue of same-sex marriages is relevant and is gaining support.
  • Have fun on New Year’s Eve but don’t fire guns

    If you are planning to celebrate the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 you can cheer, dance, raise a glass and even kiss your honey but one thing you cannot do is shoot a gun into the air.
  • Airlines, airports trying to minimize holiday stress in small ways

    Do you hate airports as much as I do?
  • What’s next in Richard Chrisman sentencing?

    If you live in Maricopa County or are a trial watcher you have heard of Richard Chrisman.
  • Was ASU the better team against Stanford?

    By now you know that No. 5 Stanford beat the No. 16 Arizona State University Sun Devils in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Saturday 38-14.