The Defense in FBI’S “Ghost Lobby” Bribery Trial Wins

Attorney Patricia Gitre successfully represented former Arizona Corporation Committee member, Gary Pierce, who was charged, along with his wife and two others, with conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud in one of the State’s highly publicized political trials of 2018.  After a hasty three month investigation (during which the prosecution interviewed only three witnesses), the government […]

Habeas Relief Based on Actual Innocence

For years, Court had closed their doors to those wrongfully convicted, due to certain procedural defeults that barred those wrongfully convicted from seeking relief.  In 1995 the Supreme Court of the United States carved out an exception for those claiming actual innocence, to overcome procedural defects that would otherwise have possibly kept innocent parties in […]

Habeas Relief based on Actual Innocence

For years, Court had closed their doors to those wrongfully convicted, due to certain procedural defeults that barred those wrongfully convicted from seeking relief.  In 1995 the Supreme Court of the United States carved out an exception for those claiming actual innocence, to overcome procedural defects that would otherwise have possibly kept innocent parties in […]

Revised Arizona Civil and Criminal Forfeiture Laws Affecting Your Property Rights

Arizona has just signed into effect a revised law relating to the government’s ability to seize and keep your property.  This has been labeled as an extremely effective tool for law enforcement to use in RICO (“racketeering”) cases.  So what is racketeering?  Isn’t that just for organized crime, the “mob”, Goodfellas, Sopranos, and The Godfather?  […]