Archive for November, 2008

Nov
20

Maricopa County Attorney may add acquitted Chandler police officer to his officer integrity database

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Chandler police officer Tom Lovejoy was acquitted earlier this year after Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sherriff Joe Arpaio prosecuted him for animal cruelty after his dog died in a tragic accident. Obviously displeased with the outcome of his publicity stunt guised as a criminal prosecution, Andy Thomas is now considering adding Office Lovejoy to a blacklist for police officers who have integrity issues.
Lovejoy has stated that it is his belief that the measure is being considered by Thomas as retaliation for having lost the criminal case. In response, Thomas office claims that Lovejoy is being considered for the list based on an allegation that he and numerous other cops improperly used an official computer database to research information. Curiously, Lovejoy is the only officer from that investigation that is being contemplated for the blacklist.
The list contains the names of officer who have various issues in the backgrounds pertaining to their credibility. If an officer is listed and they are expected to be called as a witness in a case being prosecuted by the county attorney, the information pertaining to the officer is usually provided to the judge who will then determine whether the defense attorney will be entitled to view it.

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Nov
16

Arizona DUI attorney challenges widley used intoxilyzer machine

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A pending court case in pima county superior court could have wide-ranging consequences for thousands of other DUI defendants throughout Arizona including those charge with DUI in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe. At issue is the “source code” or the computer program that the machine uses everytime it is operated. The machines are manufactured by company CMI who has repeatedly ignored court orders requiring them to disclose the code to DUI defense attorneys. Phoenix DUI attorneys believe that if the code is subjected to scrutiny and any errors or bugs are found, DUI cases may be dismissed if they are based on results from these machines.
The court has given CMI until November 24 to demonstrate good cause why it should not be held in contempt for failing to honor the courts order requiring it to disclose the program and make it available for Arizona DUI defense attorneys. Depending on what happens next week, DUI cases throughout Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe, Mesa, and Scottsdale could be affected. Joshua S. Davidson is a Phoenix DUI attorney who vigorously defends those accused of DUI.

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Nov
16

Frank Bernal sentenced to 27.5 years in prison

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City of Phoenix law enforcement officers have expressed thier gratitute to the prosecutors office for their efforts in convicting a defendant who used a gun to fire bullets at 2 policemen in October of last year.
Then 22 year old defendant is named Frank Bernal and the court imposed a sentence of 27.5 years in the state prison. According to the police officers, Mr. Bernal fired five times at Officers Shane Figueroa and Brent Freyberger while the three men were located in an alley located in West Phoenix. Fortunatley, niether of the officers were shot and no injures were suffered. The officers were able to arrest the defendant after they chased him on foot. Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Gina Godbehere justified the long sentence on the basis that the defednat was trying to kill the officers. She claims that Mr. Bernal stated ‘I should have killed you,’ to one of the police officers when the apprehended him after the chase. Mr. Beranal allegedly also made reference in superior court while being sentencned abuot lookingh forward to visiting his friends in prison. Officers from the agency invovled in the incident were very pleased with the way the case was prosecuted by the county attorney’s office.
Please feel free to contact Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney Joshua S. Davidson if you or a loved one is facing a shooting or assault related charge in Phoenix.

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Nov
16

Phoenix Attorney Joshua Davison is pleased to announce the launching of his domestic violence defense website

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While serving as a felony prosecutor in the family violence bureau of the maricopa county attorney’s office, Joshua S. Davidson was responsible for numerous cases invovling all levels of domestic violence. He is now a Phoenix Domestic Violence Attorney who will aggressively fight to protect your rights if you or a loved one has been charged with a domestic violence case in Phoenix.

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Nov
16

Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney Joshua S. Davidson announces new sex crimes defense website

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As a felony proesutor working for the county attorney’s offce, Joshua S. Davidson was assigned to the sex crimes unit where he prosecuted cases involving allegations of child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor, indecent exposure, and sexual assault or rape.  Please visit his new Phoenix Sex Crimes Defense website to get more information about how he can help put his experience to work for you if you are facing any sex crimes charges in Phoenix.

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