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(2 Counts) Felony Extortion Dismissed – State v. Ms. M (DMC No. 13613) (Maricopa County Superior Court CR2012-010200):  Ms. M was engaged in a dispute with a doctor’s office, in which she had alleged she had been traumatized and assaulted by the doctor.  In order to resolve the case civilly, she made several demands herself, which included a threat of going to the police, the medical board and the media if the case was not settled quickly.  The doctor’s office contacted the police and filed charges of Theft by Extortion pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 13-1804 (6).  In that Statute it makes it a crime to “expose a secret or an assertive fact, whether true or false, tending to subject anyone to hatred, contempt or ridicule or to impair the person’s credit or business.” The case went to a Grand Jury and they indicted and arrested Ms. M.

We became involved in the case and provided a court case decision from 1995 to the Prosecutor which declared that portion of the Statute to be unconstitutional.  Under State v Weinstein, 182 Ariz. 364 (Div 1 1995).  Once the Deputy County Attorney realized they had began prosecution on an invalid statute, all charges were immediately Dismissed.

REDUCED | COMPUTER TAMPERING/THEFT by EXTORTION ($27,000) REDUCED to CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION class 6 open/Misdemeanor with PROBATION and ZERO DAYS JAIL – State v. Ms. Q. (DMC No. 10843) (Maricopa County Superior Court CR2011-005962): Ms. Q. was fired from her company, and before she left she logged in on her boss’s computer and sent herself an email making it look like she had been threatened and sexually harassed by her boss. She then went to the HR Department and began negotiations regarding a $27,000 settlement. When all of this was discovered, she was charged with computer tampering and extortion. We were able to have the case reduced to a simple “Criminal Impersonation”, which involved probation and no jail. At the conclusion of probation, her case was designated a misdemeanor, and Ms. Q. has no felony on her record.

EXTORTION NOT CHARGED; NOT GUILTY/COMPLETE ACQUITTAL at BENCH TRIAL: HARASSMENT – State v. Mr. S (DMC No. 9286) Jan. 27, 2010 (McDowell Mountain Justice Court JC2009-107805): Mr. S had done some electrical contracting work for a neighbor across the street. The neighbor had not paid him approximately $2,300, and Mr. S went over to speak with the neighbor about it. The neighbor’s house was currently in Escrow to be sold, and Mr. S allegedly stated that if he didn’t get his money he was going to contact the buyer and make sure that “the sale did not go through”. Initially Detectives were investigating Mr. S for a Theft by Extortion charge, however the prosecutor’s office declined to file those charges. They did, however file a charge of Harassment. We went to Bench Trial and presented all evidence and cross examined the state’s witnesses. After the state had finished their case and then rested, we moved for a “Directed Verdict” judgement, and the Judge agreed. The case was Dismissed on the spot at that point.

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