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Case Name State v. Washington JC-AZ-0009
Docket / Court CR 2007-156830 ( State Court )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
This is a criminal case in which certain constitutional challenges were made as to the operations of the Maricopa County Jail. Due to funding constraints, the Maricopa County Sheriff reallocated personnel and reduced privileged visitation hours at County jail facilities, effective November 14, 2007 ... read more >
This is a criminal case in which certain constitutional challenges were made as to the operations of the Maricopa County Jail. Due to funding constraints, the Maricopa County Sheriff reallocated personnel and reduced privileged visitation hours at County jail facilities, effective November 14, 2007. The Maricopa County Public Defender's Office, which represented criminal defendants confined in the County jails, sought injunctive relief to restore the previous privileged visitation schedule. The Public Defender argued that the Sheriff's actions impinged upon the criminal defendants' Sixth Amendment right to counsel.

Judge Anna M. Baca, the presiding criminal court judge for the Maricopa County Superior Court, consolidated motions for injunctive relief in numerous criminal cases (State v. Clarence Dixon, CR2002-019595-001; State v. Dionicio Vargas, CR2006-175092-001; State v. Robert Hernandez CR2007-119475-001 and CR2007-155927-001; State v. Irma Garcia, CR2005-129847-001; State v. Juan Manual Godinez-Morales, CR2007-146854-001; State v. Shawn King, CR2005-014314-001, CR2005-111076, CR2006-012775-001; State v. Miciah Sumpter, CR2006-008209-001, CR2006-134110-001, CR2006-156634-001, CR2007-155510-001, CR2007-143417-001; State v. Casey Romero, CR2007-148305-001; State v. Roberto Vega, CR2006-048861-001; State v. Raymond Musgrove CR2007-148283- 001, CR2003-021314-001; State v. Natalie Rose Herrera Engler, CR2006-166117-001; State v. Ronnie Guilford, CR2006-162702-001; and APD Motion (filed in State v. Ozie Washington, CR2007-156830-001) and conducted an eight-day evidentiary hearing beginning on November 20, 2007.

Following the hearing, Judge Baca concluded that the Sheriff's new schedule for privileged visits violated the in-custody criminal defendants' Six Amendment rights to counsel and access to the courts. The Judge therefore entered an interim order extending the hours of privileged visitation at all jail facilities and further ordered that the parties participate in mediation to permanently resolve the issue. The Sheriff sought relief from the Arizona Court of Appeals.

The Court of Appeals found that the presiding criminal trial judge had authority to conduct a consolidated hearing to resolve the criminal defendants' constitutional claim that the Sheriff's new privileged visitation schedule denied them access to counsel. The Appeals Court, however, concluded that the trial judge exceeded her authority by granting injunctive, class action type relief in these criminal cases and that she had no authority to compel the Sheriff to participate in mediation. Arpaio v. Baca, --- P.3d ----, 2008 WL 486008 (Ariz.App. Div. 1 Feb 26, 2008).

At the time of this summary, the matter was still pending.

Dan Dalton - 03/05/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Visiting
Plaintiff Type
State Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Maricopa County Sheriff
Plaintiff Description Arizona criminal defendants challenged the Maricopa County Sheriff's new privileged visitation schedule as denying them access to counsel.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2007 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
CR2007-156830-001 (State Trial Court) 03/04/2008
JC-AZ-0009-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Ruling 11/14/2007
JC-AZ-0009-0001.pdf | Detail
Conference- Court Order Entered 11/27/2007
JC-AZ-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Ruling 12/06/2007
JC-AZ-0009-0003.pdf | Detail
Ruling 12/12/2007
JC-AZ-0009-0004.pdf | Detail
Ruling 12/14/2007
JC-AZ-0009-0005.pdf | Detail
Status Conference 01/10/2008
JC-AZ-0009-0006.pdf | Detail
Status Conference 01/10/2008
JC-AZ-0009-0007.pdf | Detail
Status Conference; Temporary Orders Affirmed 02/01/2008
JC-AZ-0009-0008.pdf | Detail
Opinion (Court of Appeals) 02/26/2008 (177 P.3d 312)
JC-AZ-0009-0009.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Baca, Anna M. (State Trial Court)
JC-AZ-0009-0001 | JC-AZ-0009-0002 | JC-AZ-0009-0003 | JC-AZ-0009-0004 | JC-AZ-0009-0005 | JC-AZ-0009-0006 | JC-AZ-0009-0007 | JC-AZ-0009-0008
Fields, Kenneth L. (State Trial Court)
JC-AZ-0009-0003 | JC-AZ-0009-0006 | JC-AZ-0009-0007
Hall, Phillip L. (State Appellate Court)
JC-AZ-0009-0009
Mroz, Rosa (State Trial Court)
JC-AZ-0009-0001 | JC-AZ-0009-0002 | JC-AZ-0009-0003 | JC-AZ-0009-0004 | JC-AZ-0009-0005 | JC-AZ-0009-0006 | JC-AZ-0009-0007 | JC-AZ-0009-0008
Mundell, Barbara Rodriguez (State Trial Court)
JC-AZ-0009-0003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Robinson, Carolyn J. (Arizona)
JC-AZ-0009-0001 | JC-AZ-0009-0005 | JC-AZ-0009-0006 | JC-AZ-0009-0007 | JC-AZ-0009-0008 | JC-AZ-0009-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Gregory, Mary Jane (Arizona)
JC-AZ-0009-0002 | JC-AZ-0009-0003
Iafrate, Michele Marie (Arizona)
JC-AZ-0009-0002 | JC-AZ-0009-0003 | JC-AZ-0009-0004 | JC-AZ-0009-0005 | JC-AZ-0009-0006 | JC-AZ-0009-0007 | JC-AZ-0009-0008 | JC-AZ-0009-0009
Kephart, David J. (Arizona)
JC-AZ-0009-0009
Leonard, James P. (Arizona)
JC-AZ-0009-0001 | JC-AZ-0009-0002 | JC-AZ-0009-0003 | JC-AZ-0009-0004 | JC-AZ-0009-0005 | JC-AZ-0009-0006 | JC-AZ-0009-0007 | JC-AZ-0009-0008 | JC-AZ-0009-0009 | JC-AZ-0009-9000
Logan, James Leo (Arizona)
JC-AZ-0009-0003
Other Lawyers None on record

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