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Arizona man accused of robbing bank

A 27-year-old Arizona man was taken into police custody on June 23 after it was believed that he was responsible for robbing a Prescott Bank. According to the report, the incident took place at a BBVA Compass bank located on East Gurley Street at approximately 9:45 a.m. the same day.

Man charged with felony after motorcycle escape

An Arizona man was detained after fleeing police on his motorcycle, according to the Pinal County Sheriff. A deputy allegedly clocked the motorcycle at 80 miles per hour on South Chuichu Road, well over the 50 mph speed limit. When the deputy gave chase, the motorcycle allegedly throttled to over 100 mph and weaved in and out of traffic, escaping the deputy.

U.S. debtor prisons persist in spite of U.S. Supreme Court ruling

The U.S. legal system is full of loopholes, which usually work to the disadvantage of the poor, while at the same time helping the wealthy. Europe formerly had a system in place in which those who were in debt could be jailed for failure to pay the debt. Like all systems, the focus on punishing the poor was fundamentally flawed and filled with abuse, which is one of the reasons the United States supposedly did away with so called "debtors prisons." But the system has been quietly continuing on in the United States with the help of legislators and judges.

Father's attempt at discipline lands him in jail

Parents in the United States enjoy a broad range of rights when it comes to raising their children. These rights include being able to choose how and when to discipline their children, should they see a need. This is not an absolute right, however, and any discipline carried out must fall within the confines of the law. Discipline that goes to far can be considered abuse and result in a parent learning a hard lesson about discipline themselves by the court's hand.

Arizona Supreme Court ruling helps marijuana users

Marijuana use can be detected in the human body for weeks and even up to a month after use. This has made it a favorite test subject for employers and police alike. With a number of states, including Arizona, making medical marijuana use legal, and two states legalizing marijuana completely for those over the age of 21, the interplay between criminal laws and user rights is still being defined.

Mother faces 8 years for going on job interview while kids in car

The law can make a criminal out of anyone. There are hardly any who can claim to have lived their entire life without violating one of the numerous criminal laws in Arizona. Some people, such as serial killers and white collar criminals, set out with the intention to violate the law by committing what they knew was a crime. Other people, on the other hand, have no intention of violating the law, but do so out of necessity or ignorance.

Raid on grocery story marks the end of three year investigation

Any program made widely available to the public runs the risk of being abused by the very people it is meant to help. This remains true whether the program is to help pay the medical costs of those who are unable to afford them or put food in the bellies of hungry children. Those who seek to get rich abusing the public assistance provided to others run the risk of harsh penalties, including severe prison sentences. Law enforcement agencies are starting to focus in more on businesses as these entities get involved with defrauding the food stamp program.

Challenge to law concerning immigrants and bail

Immigrants in America can face some serious challenges. As with most discriminatory practices and beliefs, perceptions about immigrants are hard to change. Over the last century, Hispanics have replaced the Irish as probably the one group of immigrants that faces the most problems, and the practice of making it difficult for immigrants to gain legal status or otherwise feel welcomed in the U.S. has continued.

Restoring voting rights to ex-felons

Millions of United States citizens are without the right to vote due to a previous felony conviction. A majority of states have laws which either ban felons outright from voting or make it so difficult to vote that many give up before completing the required process. Some states have recently made it easier for felons to regain their voting rights; some have gone as far as reinstating the right to vote after the individual's sentence has been served. Others are moving to further restrict convicted felons from voting. In Arizona, efforts to restore voting rights for felons have stalled as lawmakers are having trouble even bringing the issue up for a hearing.

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