Peremptory Strikes: Arizona’s Unprecedented Decision

By: Madeline Louis Recently, Arizona has become the first state to eliminate peremptory challenges in jury trials. A peremptory challenge, as defined by Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure 18.4 and 18.5 and Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure 47(e), allows trial attorneys an opportunity to eliminate potential jurors without having to provide a reason. Many have … Continue reading Peremptory Strikes: Arizona’s Unprecedented Decision

Southwest Water Crisis Continues: The Colorado River Shortage

By: Lexi Carroll On August 16, 2021, the United States Bureau of Reclamation declared a shortage on the Colorado River for the first time. Although such national recognition is unprecedented, the water crisis is not.  The Colorado River has been a precious commodity for Western states for over a century. In 1922, competing state interests … Continue reading Southwest Water Crisis Continues: The Colorado River Shortage

Bullying Legislation – Arizona

Bullying Legislation Bullying has become a nationwide problem and public health issue. Because of this, the majority of states are starting to take action by passing laws and amending current laws in order to help control and restrain bullying. However, there are currently no federal laws that directly address bullying.[1] Bullying can overlap with the … Continue reading Bullying Legislation – Arizona

A Legal Right to Air Conditioning?

by Mat Wadsworth A small Pinal County, Arizona utility company made headlines this week for its August 31st decision to disconnect power to 96 homes. Electrical District No. 3 spokesman Bill Stacy’s position is that customers need to pay their bills or their power will be turned off. According to Stacy, disconnects for nonpayment “average several hundred disconnects per month.” The company’s position makes some sense at first … Continue reading A Legal Right to Air Conditioning?

End Police Brutality

by Kevin Heade When Elvira Fernandez called the police on October 5, 2010, she couldn't have known what was about to happen. Elvira was embroiled in a domestic dispute involving her 29-year-old son, Daniel Rodriguez but when she called on her local law enforcement to pacify the situation, the only “peace” the officers brought was … Continue reading End Police Brutality