Criminal Justice & Policing

Tempe man arrested for threatening to kill a Scottsdale rabbi and ‘every other Jew’

BY: - November 8, 2023

FBI agents in Phoenix arrested a Tempe man for threatening to kill a local rabbi and “every other Jew” he could find.  Jeffrey Mindock, 50, emailed Rabbi Andy Green, the senior rabbi at Congregation Or Tzion in north Scottsdale, demanding the faith leader use his “influence” to get criminal charges Mindock is facing in Utah […]

COMMENTARY

Justine Wadsack’s ballot pics give her a ‘glass houses problem’

BY: - November 7, 2023

What in the name of Sidney Powell is Arizona state Sen. Justine Wadsack doing seemingly illegally posting pictures of somebody’s ballot on social media? Wadsack tweeted/X-ed/Twixed a ballot, purporting it to be hers. It was all filled out as a guide to tell her supporters how to vote and otherwise sane people exactly how not to vote. […]

Kansas officials downplayed involvement in Marion raid. Here’s what they knew.

BY: - November 6, 2023

MARION, Kan. — Marion Police Chief Gideon Cody enlisted the support of local and state law enforcement officials in the days before he led raids on the local newspaper office, the publisher’s home and the home of a city councilwoman. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Department of Revenue, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the […]

Patients, advocates describe ‘pure chaos’ in state response to AHCCCS fraud

BY: and - November 2, 2023

On May 16, as cameras flashed and tribal leaders looked on, Arizona’s governor and attorney general announced a statewide crackdown on behavioral health providers suspected of defrauding the state’s Medicaid program out of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. Officials revealed the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) had suspended payments to more than […]

Whose ballot did Justine Wadsack post online? Pima County says it couldn’t have been hers.

BY: - November 2, 2023

A Republican state senator posted a photo on social media of what she claimed was her ballot but which election officials say couldn’t possibly be hers, raising questions that she committed a crime by publishing another person’s ballot.  On Monday, Republican state Sen. Justine Wadsack made a post on X, formerly Twitter, telling voters that […]

‘If you need to cry, cry’: Ending men’s silent suffering in the MMIWG crisis

BY: - October 31, 2023

Antonio Ortiz never thought he would be able to speak publicly about his late daughter Rhia Danae Almeida because it would require him to be vulnerable and express his emotions freely. His wife, Elayne Gregg, has been able to share her experience publicly for a few years now, but Ortiz has only ever opened up […]

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Complaint alleges GOP lawmaker illegally used campaign cash to attend J6

BY: - October 30, 2023

An Arizona GOP legislator who was among the rioting crowds at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is facing a campaign finance complaint alleging that he illegally used cash from a failed re-election bid to attend the insurrection. The complaint against Sen. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale claims that Kern improperly used campaign funds from his […]

Cochise County officials who refused to certify the 2022 election are being investigated by the AG

BY: - October 30, 2023

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes is investigating two Cochise County supervisors who refused to certify the county’s midterm election results by the state-required deadline. Supervisors Tom Crosby and Peggy Judd, both Republicans, were served subpoenas last week by Mayes’ office explaining that they are under investigation and ordering them to appear before the state grand […]

Politicians love to cite crime data. It’s often wrong.

BY: - October 27, 2023

When Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his presidential campaign in May, he proudly told the nation that Florida’s crime rate in 2021 had reached a 50-year low. But really, DeSantis couldn’t say for sure. That’s because fewer than 1 in 10 law enforcement agencies in his state had reported their crime statistics to the […]

Hate crimes in Arizona dip slightly in 2022, though data is incomplete

BY: - October 24, 2023

Data from the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the FBI show that hate crimes in Arizona have gone down slightly since 2021, though Black people still are more likely to face a hate crime than any other group.  The Arizona Mirror analyzed data collected by the Arizona Department of Public safety and the FBI, […]

‘Kraken’ Trump lawyer Sidney Powell flipped her plea to guilty in 2020 election RICO case

BY: - October 20, 2023

Texas attorney Sidney Powell pleaded guilty to election interference charges in Fulton County Superior Court on Thursday, one day before jury selection was scheduled to begin for her trial. As part of the plea deal, Powell was sentenced to six years of probation for conspiring to interfere with the performance of election duties for orchestrating […]

‘We stand with the victims’: The Navajo Nation has a sweeping new victim’s rights law

BY: - October 6, 2023

On the Navajo Nation, when an alleged perpetrator of domestic violence is released from detention, there is no guarantee that the victim will be notified promptly by tribal law officials. Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Crotty said the issue became evident during the peak of COVID-19, when she heard from domestic violence victims about how […]