Arizona Supreme Court Ruling Causes Mesa to Rewrite Anti-Tattoo Parlor Ordinance

Arizona Republic:  “Stung by an adverse ruling from the Arizona Supreme Court, Mesa is drastically loosening its rules on tattoo parlors. . . . With legal help from the Goldwater Institute, the Colemans sued Mesa, charging that the city had quashed their First Amendment right to artistic expression.  Last September, the Arizona Supreme Court sided with the Colemans, agreeing that their profession falls under First Amendment protection. It was the first such ruling by any state high court in the country.”

Arizona Residents in Fantasy Sports Team Leagues May be Committing Felonies

“Arizona is one of five states that makes it

[fantasy sports league gambling with money] illegal under state law. That’s because Arizona law considers fantasy football a “game of chance,” which is illegal under Arizona gambling laws. . . . Under ARS 13-3303 any website that provides fantasy advice and is accessible to a resident of Arizona, is committing a Class 5 felony.”

Here is the text of Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-3303:

A. Except for amusement, regulated or social gambling, a person commits promotion of gambling if he knowingly does either of the following for a benefit:

1. Conducts, organizes, manages, directs, supervises or finances gambling.

2. Furnishes advice or assistance for the conduct, organization, management, direction, supervision or financing of gambling.

B. Promotion of gambling is a class 5 felony.

Judge throws out blood tests in Scottsdale DUI cases

Arizona Republic:  “Blood-test results will be suppressed in at least 11 felony drunk-driving cases that originated in Scottsdale following a Superior Court Judge’s ruling this week, which could affect hundreds of other cases.  The DUI cases were consolidated and set before Superior Court Judge Jerry Bernstein because they all had one thing in common: a challenge to the validity of the blood-testing equipment in the Scottsdale Police Department’s crime lab.”

Arizona’s anti-abortion Medicaid law struck down

Arizona Republic:  “Arizona has lost another battle in its ongoing war to restrict abortions, adding to a growing list of defeats this year for the state’s anti-abortion movement.  On Thursday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Arizona cannot strip Medicaid funding from doctors and clinics that perform abortions, upholding a lower-court ruling.  House Bill 2800, which the Legislature passed and Gov. Jan Brewer signed in 2012, would have halted Medicaid reimbursements for contraceptives, cancer screenings, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and annual women’s exams at the state’s more than 80 hospitals and clinics that also perform abortions.”

Phoenix Dog-Fighting Ring Busted A dog-fighting ring in Phoenix was busted recently and nine people have been arrested.  Two more spectators left with injured dogs, which were never found.  Dog-fighting is usually associated with other illegalities.  There is a strong body of evidence that animal cruelty is linked to other crimes, particularly crimes against humans.  According to the New York Times:

“….We discovered that in homes where there was domestic violence or physical abuse of children, the incidence of animal cruelty was close to 90 percent. The most common pattern was that the abusive parent had used animal cruelty as a way of controlling the behaviors of others in the home. I’ve spent a lot of time looking at what links things like animal cruelty and child abuse and domestic violence. And one of the things is the need for power and control. Animal abuse is basically a power-and-control crime.”

Quote by Randall Lockwood, the A.S.P.C.A.’s then-senior vice president for forensic sciences and anticruelty projects and a member of the new Anti-Animal-Abuse Task Force in Baltimore.



Arizona For-Profits May Now Use .org In Domain Name

abajournal: Arizona for-profits may now use .org in domain name.  The State Bar has reconsidered its prohibition on the use, according to this article:

That’s the same conclusion an Arizona ethics panel reached in reconsidering a decade-old decision, which was based on state laws prohibiting lawyers from making false statements about their services. The original opinion determined that “by identifying a private law firm with the .org suffix, the communication creates a false impression that the firm either is a nonprofit or is in some way specially affiliated with a nonprofit.”

But the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers doesn’t require businesses that use .org to be nonprofit, and local firms argued that the use of the suffix has become widespread to the point of dilution. In its latest opinion, the State Bar of Arizona agreed that consumers were smart enough to know the difference. “The possibility that the public will be misled by a for-profit law firm’s use of .org in its website address is remote,” the ethics panel concluded.

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