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Pima County Attorney Weekly Reviews

Justice in Pima County: Week 35

Justice in Pima County: Week 35

I’m leading the review this week with the very best of wishes to Cal Fuller, who after 46 years of service to the Tucson Police Dept and our PCAO Detective unit is retiring. May the road rise up to meet you, Cal. Nevertheless, this was another week of a million moving...

Justice in Pima County: Week 34

Justice in Pima County: Week 34

This was a very busy week, and I noticed a theme about wearing two hats. The front pages of the newspaper and scenes from TV and movies portray prosecutors as warriors in perpetual battle arguing homicide cases. That is part of the job -- a critical part, in fact;...

Justice in Pima County: Week 33

Justice in Pima County: Week 33

Our growing appeals unit is really humming along. Amy Ruskin, who has been lending her expertise for years, is now joined by new Chief Myles Braccio. Myles comes to us after a decade of homicide and capital work at the Attorney General’s Office, and he has hit the...

Justice in Pima County: Week 32

Justice in Pima County: Week 32

Content Warning: Loss, Grief. Another extraordinarily busy week in Justice has passed. In talking about the work our victim advocates and our Special Victims and Domestic Violence and Redacting professionals dedicate their services to, I felt it best to mark this...

Justice in Pima County: Week 31

Justice in Pima County: Week 31

One of the many beautiful things about this agency is the depth to which we and, thus, the community are supported by professional, dedicated volunteers. Alongside the 88-Crime Board volunteers I recently told you about, I have been focused the last month on the Board...

Justice in Pima County: Week 30

Justice in Pima County: Week 30

Earlier today, we learned that 20-year-old EMT Jake Dindinger succumbed to the injuries he sustained during the multiple casualty incident on Sunday, July 18. That event has now taken four lives: a Good Samaritan neighbor, an EMT in the line of fire, a big-hearted...

Justice in Pima County: Week 29

Justice in Pima County: Week 29

There’s been so much tragedy for our community to deal with the past week and, of course, the last 18 months. Violence is demanding our attention, in our neighborhoods and across the media. Because one of the primary roles of this Office is to prosecute people who...

Justice in Pima County: Week 27

Justice in Pima County: Week 27

As previously reported, we started the year with a backlog of 150 pending homicide cases. This was a tall order coming in, and it has required us to adjust the workings of PCAO’s Homicide Panel to meet the realities of the moment. What was once a monthly or biweekly...

Justice in Pima County: Week 26

Justice in Pima County: Week 26

It has been hard to be patient, but it was well worth the wait this week when the good folks at the ASU Criminology department gave us a presentation on all of our data from 2017 to the present. The data was fascinating and revelatory. We definitely could have geeked...

Justice in Pima County: Week 25

Justice in Pima County: Week 25

After 28 years of steadfast dedication to PCAO, including 13 years to our Victim Services Division, Babette McDonald is taking the helm of 88-CRIME. So many times over the last several years, Babette has risen to the occasion as the interim director of Victim...

Justice in Pima County: Week 24

Justice in Pima County: Week 24

Today, I’m proud and delighted to announce that Sam Brown, an innovative and experienced thought leader in our community who currently serves as legal counsel to the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD), is joining PCAO to lead the Civil Division as our new Chief...

Justice in Pima County: Week 22

Justice in Pima County: Week 22

As I have reported here, we’ve been hiring and welcoming lots of wonderful and dedicated new prosecutors and law clerks to PCAO the last several weeks. Real reform requires leaders in our Office willing to shepherd and mentor our newest colleagues. This week, Vicki...

Justice in Pima County: Week 21

Justice in Pima County: Week 21

Change is hard. When I promised Pima County that I would distribute a weekly review every Friday afternoon, I did so in an effort to make this The People’s Office: transparent and accessible to the community. Internally, however, transparency is an incredibly...

Justice in Pima County: Week 20

Justice in Pima County: Week 20

I have to give Twitter all the credit (said no one ever) for connecting me last year to the broad network of hardworking attorneys, brilliant academics, and statisticians bringing smart criminal justice reform to communities nationwide. Through all the CJ reform...

Justice in Pima County: Week 19

Justice in Pima County: Week 19

The overwhelming majority of elected prosecutors, including DAs and County Attorneys, have never managed a multi-million dollar budget, until they suddenly do, upon election to the Office. To deal appropriately with that, one surrounds themselves with high integrity...

Justice in Pima County: Week 18

Justice in Pima County: Week 18

After just over a year of empty jury boxes and a quiet assembly room, jury trials have finally resumed. This is a big deal for justice in Pima County and for the victims who had to take the “we just don’t know yet” call every 30 days, for the people in custody, for...

Justice in Pima County: Week 17

Justice in Pima County: Week 17

Before I review the week we just had, I’m extending this invitation to all of you to join us tomorrow at Mansfield Park, 2004 N. 4th Ave, at 9:30 a.m. for the latest fresh food giveaway with Pillars & Bridges of Tucson. The event starts at 10 a.m., but we’ve been...

Justice in Pima County: Week 16

Justice in Pima County: Week 16

The question of prevention floats through my mind all day, every day. Once again this week, we had a terrible three consecutive days with homicides reported. We have extraordinary professionals here who are equipped to provide services to the survivors and to hold...