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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, 77 P.3d 312 (Ariz.App. Div. 1 Feb 26, 2008).

On June 3, 2008, review was denied. The case is now closed.

Dan Dalton - 03/05/2008
Averyn Lee - 06/09/2019


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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.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Declaratory Judgment
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Order Duration 2007 - n/a
Filing Year 2007
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
CR2007-156830-001 (State Trial Court)
JC-AZ-0009-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/04/2008
General Documents
Ruling
JC-AZ-0009-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/14/2007
Conference- Court Order Entered
JC-AZ-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/27/2007
Ruling
JC-AZ-0009-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/06/2007
Ruling
JC-AZ-0009-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/12/2007
Ruling
JC-AZ-0009-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/14/2007
Status Conference
JC-AZ-0009-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/10/2008
Status Conference
JC-AZ-0009-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/10/2008
Status Conference; Temporary Orders Affirmed
JC-AZ-0009-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/01/2008
Opinion (Court of Appeals) (177 P.3d 312)
JC-AZ-0009-0009.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 02/26/2008
Source: Google Scholar
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Judges Baca, Anna M. (State Trial Court) show/hide docs
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) show/hide docs
JC-AZ-0009-0003 | JC-AZ-0009-0006 | JC-AZ-0009-0007
Hall, Phillip L. (State Appellate Court) show/hide docs
JC-AZ-0009-0009
Mroz, Rosa (State Trial Court) show/hide docs
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Mundell, Barbara Rodriguez (State Trial Court) show/hide docs
JC-AZ-0009-0003
Plaintiff's Lawyers Robinson, Carolyn J. (Arizona) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Gregory, Mary Jane (Arizona) show/hide docs
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Kephart, David J. (Arizona) show/hide docs
JC-AZ-0009-0009
Leonard, James P. (Arizona) show/hide docs
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Logan, James Leo (Arizona) show/hide docs
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