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Can felony charges lead to a juvenile being tried as an adult?

Arizona law allows the prosecuting attorney to charge certain juveniles as adults for specific crimes. Being tried as an adult means the juvenile will not face sentencing to the juvenile justice system, but rather will face a potential adult sentence for the crime in state prison.

Second individual detained in Arizona death of church custodian

A 23-year-old woman faces felony charges in connection with the June 24 death of a 72-year-old Glendale man in his home. The elderly man, a night custodian at an area church, died from a gunshot wound and was discovered at home in his vehicle. The woman is alleged to have been the accomplice of a 24-year-old man who was taken into custody on June 26 after a traffic stop. At the time of the stop, a gun was found in his vehicle, which was later analyzed and compared with a shell casing from the scene of the custodian's death.

Man taken into custody after attacking another with hammer

A 30-year-old Arizona man was reportedly taken into police custody after he was accused of attacking a man with a hammer at a bar. According to the report, the incident took place on Aug. 6 after the accused man asked the 38-year-old victim for money and food.

Woman who held off repo man with gun avoids jail

A 70-year-old woman who allegedly pulled a gun on a repo man and eluded police following an attempted repossession of her Jeep was sentenced to probation on July 23 after entering an Alford plea in May. While the woman never pleaded guilty to the incident, she reportedly admitted that the state might be able to prove its case in court.

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.