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Arizona Criminal Law

Sheriff Joe Gets Sued by the Feds over Immigration Raids

Arizona Criminal Attorney David Cantor talks about Sheriff Joe, the “thoughest sheriff in america”, and how he is being sued by the federal government over his refusal to turn over public documents regarding his raids on suspected illegal immigrants. At issue is whether or not the Sheriff is using racial profiling to determine if someone is illegal or not. This is an unprecedented situation as pointed out by David and is seen as a very serious threat to the Sheriff’s career.

Arizona Warrant Task Forces Cracking down on outstanding Warrants

David Cantor, an Arizona Criminal Lawyer, talks about the new Warrant Task force in Arizona that is going to bring in about 30,000 outstanding warrants of various charges. He gives some legal advice on how to handle turning yourself in depending on the charge. He recommends that for serious crimes you understand that a bond may already be set which could wind up in your staying in jail until you can make the payment.

Arizona Prison Guards not charged in Marcia Powell death

David Cantor, Arizona Criminal Attorney, talks about the tragic death of Marica Powell while in custody last year and the recent announcement that no charges of negligence would be levied on the prison officials responsible for leaving her in the sun for 4 hours. David points out that based on the evidence and common sense that leaving someone in 100+ degree weather for that much time there should be a finding of negligence. He points out that if this were a dog or child the people responsible would be found guilty of murder.

Employment Application and Your Criminal Past

Arizona Criminal Attorney David Cantor talks about handling your Criminal Past on an Employment application. It is important that you understand how different questions apply to your past. You should also have a good understanding of how your various criminal indictments will show up on a background check so that you are always up front and honest with a potential employer.

Death Penalty case Dismissed with Prejudice after Arizona Criminal Attorney gets evidence reviewed


Maricopa County has dropped its pursuit of Death Penalty in Child Abuse case after Arizona Criminal Attorney has forensic evidence reviewed by numerous experts.

Arizona Criminal Attorney David Cantor with client Lisa Randall after Capital Murder Case Dismissal

AZ Criminal Attorney David Cantor with Lisa Randall after case dismissal

Phoenix, AZ 08/09/2010

Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney David Michael Cantor secured a Dismissal With Prejudice regarding Capital Murder Child Abuse charges against former daycare operator Lisa Randall. This dismissal marks the first such dismissal in Maricopa County in over 10 years. In the end the prosecution reviewed the evidence of the case, in particular the review of all forensic evidence per Arizona Criminal Attorney David Cantor’s requests, and found no basis for their Capital Murder Charge.

In April of 2007 while Lisa Randall operated her home daycare business of over 26 years, one of the many children in her care became unresponsive. Lisa immediately called 911 and the child was taken to hospital. He was unplugged from life support the next day and was subsequently pronounced dead. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office later concluded that the infant died of “blunt-force trauma of head and neck” and determined that the manner of death was a homicide.

Seven months later Lisa Randall was arrested on first degree murder charges and her three year legal battle began. The Maricopa County Prosecutors decided that they would pursue the Death Penalty as part of their Organizational leadership’s stance of looking tough on crime. Over the next three years the County’s case for Child Abuse was based on the medical evidence.

Ms. Randall’s family then hired Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney, David Cantor to handle the case. He subsequently had all of the forensic evidence reviewed by numerous experts, including Dr. Ralph Berberich (a Pediatric Oncologist) of Berkley, California who concluded, “It would appear most likely that this baby, in the recovery phase from a viral illness, had a SIDS-like event leading to apnea and cardiopulmonary arrest from which he was resuscitated. There followed the physical effects, laboratory anomalies, and organ failure associated with profound and prolonged apnea.” In addition, Forensic Anthropologist, Madeline Hinkes (also from California) reviewed three separate CAT scans and all other medical evidence and concluded that there was no skull fracture on this child as the State’s Medical Examiner had maintained. Eventually, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office hired Dr. Cliff Nelson (a Medical Examiner with the State of Oregon) to review all the Defense reports and the State’s forensic findings. He concluded that he could not disagree with the defense experts’ analysis. He added, “I have had other cases thought [by pediatricians] to be deaths due to inflicted head trauma by which, after a complete death investigation, prove the result of a SIDS-like event.” (more…)

What to Do if You’re Charged with First Degree Murder

If you have been charged with First Degree Murder, you’re going to require a skilled Phoenix Defense Lawyer.

The two (2) most often seen defenses to First Degree Murder are “Self-Defense” (i.e., Justification) and “Supervening Cause”. Self-Defense would involve the use of deadly force in order to protect oneself against a person who is threatening or using deadly force against them. In regards to a “Supervening Cause”, this would include an error by emergency treating personnel, or a hospital error which caused the person’s death. These cases are so complex that they require a litany of defense tools. For example, private investigators; gunshot residue experts; DNA experts; accident reconstruction experts; human factors experts, just to name of few. David Michael Cantor is “Death Penalty Qualified”. This means he has “first-chaired” and has been substantially involved in Capital Murder Trials in the past.

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