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Pima County Attorney Weekly Reviews

Justice in Pima County: Week 15

Justice in Pima County: Week 15

Another victim-centered week, as our thoughts go to the uptick in homicides, the use of firearms, the trauma in our community, and the well-timed arrival of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which begins this Sunday, April 18. There is no time like the present to...

Justice in Pima County: Week 14

Justice in Pima County: Week 14

This week was long. We met with three different sets of parents; some meetings included grandparents and uncles, each of whom had lost a child. I took these meetings in private practice as a legal victim representative, but I never had three in one week. This job has...

Justice in Pima County: Week 13

Justice in Pima County: Week 13

Highlights from Lucky 13… The Pima County Attorney’s Office is not the only agency going through an historic transition. Many of our partner agencies are, as well. At Pima County Justice Court, where County misdemeanors and limited civil matters are heard, Judge...

Justice in Pima County: Week 12

Justice in Pima County: Week 12

Snow on the mountain peaks; warm sun on the desert floor. Also this week: We conducted 12 more attorney interviews, coincidentally, in Week 12. Ordinarily, the process would involve an interview team making recommendations to me, but we want to strengthen the...

Justice in Pima County: Week 11

Justice in Pima County: Week 11

All, Snow, rain & sun, all in one week. Welcome to… spring? This week, we met with Gary Harrison, Pima County Clerk of the Superior Court (pictured above, 2018), and I can’t wait to partner with him as the Court continues to move to electronic filing and as we...

Justice in Pima County: Week 10

Justice in Pima County: Week 10

All, The week in justice had a strange start on Sunday, and it occurred to us that an Office-wide discussion on the very definition of Criminal Justice Reform, and understanding the will of the People, could be helpful. We had that training on Thursday, and it was a...

Justice in Pima County: Week 9

Justice in Pima County: Week 9

All, This week was All Anti-Fraud, All the Time, for National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). Re-building a Fraud and Consumer Protection Unit here at PCAO was a daily dream for the entirety of last year, but when the team ambitiously said we should launch it in just...

Justice in Pima County: Week 8

Justice in Pima County: Week 8

All, Two months are in the books. Recall that true transparency means sharing the good, the bad & the feo. And so, here it is. The Jail, Covid & Treatment for Substance Use Disorder At the start of the pandemic, Ms. LaWall authored a memo to law enforcement...

Justice in Pima County: Week 7

Justice in Pima County: Week 7

This week truly proved the old adage that taking a day off in the legal system in honor of a holiday will only serve up an avalanche packed into the remaining four days. Also, this week was very much victim-centric. We had multiple meetings with experts from across...

Justice in Pima County: Weeks 5 & 6

Justice in Pima County: Weeks 5 & 6

The week(s) started out in the best possible way. Pillars & Bridges of Tucson, a Black-led group working hard to create spaces that bring the community together with its elected officials, invited us to a massive fresh food grocery giveaway. More than 35,000...

Justice in Pima County: Week 4

Justice in Pima County: Week 4

After another jam-packed week, it is hard to believe we are a full month into this project. There’s much to cover, so I’ll dive in. After the surge of Covid cases in our building (our people continue to recover, thank you), I discovered the Office had not yet asked to...

Justice in Pima County: Week 3

Justice in Pima County: Week 3

The week began with a powerful service out of Tucson’s own Pilgrim’s Rest Missionary Baptist Church honoring Dr. King’s birthday and the peaceful arrival of a new national government. The intensity of emotion and anxiety surrounding Monday and Wednesday reminded us...

Justice in Pima County: Week 2

Justice in Pima County: Week 2

Our second week at the Pima County Attorney's Office began early. On the morning of Saturday, Jan. 9, at 10am, Dan South, our Criminal Chief Deputy who runs the entire Criminal Division of the Office, started receiving phone calls. Five attorneys were reporting...

Justice in Pima County: Week 1

Justice in Pima County: Week 1

As the new County Attorney, I’d like to provide the community with an update each Friday, to the best of my ability, on the week’s activities. The data of this Office is the People’s data, and I look forward to doing my best to make it so. This week marked the arrival...