Monthly Archives: December 2016

Harper v. State of Arizona (Arizona Court of Appeals Case No. 1 CA-CV 15-0519, filed 12/27/2016)

In this employment law case, the Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed the Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of the statutory and common law wrongful termination claims asserted by five former employees of Child Protective Services (CPS) against the State of Arizona. In 2011, CPS had a backlog of “unassigned” reports involving child abuse and neglect. The plaintiffs in this case, who were part […]

State of Arizona v. Donald Wayne Dalton (Arizona Supreme Court Case No. CR-16-0012-PR, filed 12/22/2016)

In this criminal appeal, the Arizona Supreme Court clarified the standard for determining whether a trial court’s failure to instruct a jury to begin deliberations anew after permitting the mid-deliberation substitution of a juror constitutes reversible error in cases where the defendant did not object to the trial court’s failure to give the “deliberate-anew” instruction. The […]

State of Arizona v. Valencia/Healer (Arizona Supreme Court Case No. CR-16-0156-PR, filed 12/23/2016)

In this criminal law appeal, the Arizona Supreme Court was faced with the question of whether Miller v. Alabama, 132 S. Ct. 2455 (2012), is a significant change in the law that may require the resentencing of persons serving natural life sentences for crimes committed as juveniles. In Miller, the United States Supreme Court held the […]