Criminal Justice & Policing

A dozen Valley police agencies have access to people’s ‘smart’ doorbell videos

A recent report by The Washington Post detailed the extent to which doorbell security company Ring has partnered with local law enforcement across the country, including in Arizona. 

How a 19-year-old Phoenix native is making Phoenix discuss facial recognition tech

Eric Brock Jr. has worked for Treasurer Kimberley Yee, Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio, Congressman David Schweikert and started the first African American student association at his old high school. Now, at the age of 19, he is taking on how the City of Phoenix uses facial recognition technology. 

Ducey finishing interviews for Supreme Court vacancy

Gov. Doug Ducey said he plans to finish interviewing candidates for the Arizona Supreme Court on Friday, and that he’ll appoint a new justice “sometime soon thereafter.”

Trans woman faces deportation after she stood on Phoenix light rail platform without a ticket

A minor infraction of Valley Metro’s code of conduct quickly led Naomi Ramirez Rosales to an immigration detention center, where she now faces deportation to Mexico. 

Judge dismisses ethics charge alleging improper Martinez communications with ex-juror

In addition to the sexual harassment allegations that the judge in his ethics case dismissed on Friday, prosecutor Juan Martinez also won’t have to face a separate charge related to improper communications with a dismissed juror during the blockbuster Jodi Arias murder trial.

MCSO has been creating marijuana extracts for at least 4 years

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has quietly been creating marijuana extracts to train officers and help prosecutors quietly for the past four years. 

Judge dismisses sexual harassment ethics charges against top MCAO prosecutor

“Teflon” Juan Martinez got a temporary reprieve on Friday night when the presiding disciplinary judge of the Arizona Supreme Court threw out a chunk of the pending ethics charges against him that stemmed from allegations of sexual harassment in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Judge tosses felony case against lawyer arrested during immigration rally

The felony case against Jamaar Williams that alleged he resisted arrest during a protest against inhumane treatment of migrants was tossed out by a judge Aug. 22. 

Judge asked to bar press from ethics hearing for Arias prosecutor accused of sexual misconduct

A judge has been asked by attorneys for Juan Martinez and the State Bar of Arizona to limit press coverage of Martinez's ethics hearing, if not bar it outright.

We need the whole truth on Montgomery and Martinez

Montgomery chose this weak response – chose to protect a powerful man over the women in the County Attorney’s office and the entire justice system – despite a written record that Martinez’s misconduct goes back 30 years.
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