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Arizona Criminal Law

Arizona Lawmakers consider ‘Casey Anthony’ bill, again

Its like 2012 is happening again in the Arizona state government. As in 2012 another bill making it a crime if a parent fails to notify the police if a child under the age of 6 goes missing for more than 24 hours. This legislation, proposed by Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale, has appeared in many states in the US since the Casey Anthony case where the mother failed to notify the police of her missing daughter until 31 days after the infants death.

The good news is that the legislature is not proposing this law because of a one off offense:
‘I don’t know how isolated it is,’ Ugenti said. – Well at least she admits to not doing any research on it besides watching Nancy Grace…

Whats crazier is learning why it didn’t pass the senate last year after passing the house without issue. Turns out that AG Tom Horne wanted to add some language to the bill which made the Colorado City police force no longer exist. This then lead the representatives from that area to kill the bill.

Horne has promised to add the same language to this years bill which means the legislative tango will go on for another 12 months…

Arizona man set to change plea in wildfire case

A Mesa man accused of starting a nearly 18,000-acre wildfire in the Tonto National Forest is set for a change of plea hearing.

Steven Craig Shiflet was target shooting with a group of friends in May when he pointed a shotgun loaded with a flame-throwing shell at a soda box in a cleared area near Payson. Smoke soon appeared in the brush, and the group couldn’t extinguish the blaze.

Shiflet is facing three charges. Each one carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a $5,000 upon conviction.

It’s unclear what he’ll plead to at Monday’s hearing in Phoenix. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office says she had no further information. A call to Shiflet’s attorney’s office wasn’t immediately returned.

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