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AP Interviews Criminal Defense Attorney David Michael Cantor Regarding Kavanaugh Case

Rachel Mitchell - AP News

Article Provided by: AP News
Date: 9/26/18

PHOENIX (AP) — A sex-crimes prosecutor tapped by Senate Republicans to question Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about allegations of sexual assault could have a tough time in such a contentious political environment, Arizona attorneys who know her said Wednesday.

But her boss says Rachel Mitchell is a hard-hitting attorney who is used to handling high-profile cases and is one of the few prosecutors in the country with a deep understanding of working with sexual abuse victims.

Mitchell, a Republican, was expected to question Kavanaugh and the first woman to accuse him of sexual misconduct at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Kavanaugh drunkenly assaulted her when they were teenagers has raised a political storm in the #MeToo era, and the GOP’s all-male presence on the panel made some want a woman to question Ford.

Mitchell is chief of the Special Victims Division in the Maricopa County attorney’s office in Phoenix. She supervises attorneys who handle cases involving child molestation, sexual assault and computer crimes against children in Arizona’s most populous county.

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NTSB recommends lowering the BAC from 0.08% to 0.05%

The National Transportation Safety Board(NTSB) made a recommendation recently to lower the blood alcohol concentration(BAC) for drunken driving from 0.08% to 0.05% in an effort to reduce alcohol-impaired deaths. While it may take a while for this to become law it seems as though it may be inevitable based on the emotional state of communities around the country.

The last time a change to the BAC levels was made was in 1982 when the Federal Government passed legislation providing incentives for states to lower the standard from 0.10% to the current standard 0.08%. It took till 2004 until all 50 states had passed legislation updating the standard and ensuring they would not lose federal funds for highways. The concern then was that by lowering the limit police would end up catching more drivers who had simply had a drink with dinner as opposed to the highly intoxicated drivers causing accidents.

Today the concern is still similar except that at 0.05% even more dinner drinkers will be cited for DUI as it will take even less alcohol to reach the limit. Are we headed towards the eventual conclusion where any alcohol in a persons system will be grounds for a DUI?

Restaurant associations around the country are concerned that this will hurt local businesses where diners have a beer or glass of wine with dinner to enjoy their meal. For example a 175lb man will have a BAC of 0.05% after just two beers.

What do you think?


Jodi Arias Trial Verdict Commentary

David was interviewed by NBC 12 this morning about the recent verdict in the Jodi Arias Trial. She was found guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of her boyfriend Travis Alexander. Watch the video below of David explaining how the defense may handle trying to keep Jodi from getting the death penalty.


How Much does a DUI Cost in Arizona?

David Cantor talks with KPNX NBC12 in Phoenix about how much a DUI will cost you in Arizona:

You’ve seen the anti-DUI advertisements that read “You just blew $10,000!” In Arizona you are probably spending more that $10,000. Here are some approximate costs for a misdemeanor DUI:

Minimum Cost
Fines and Fees – $2,100
Jail – $225
Classes – $550
Interlock Device – $1,000

Auto Insurance Increases
$3,000 more a year for up to 3 years on average.

DUI Lawyer Cost

Many people call our office and want to know, what does a DUI Lawyer cost? That depends. The costs associated with an aggressive and experienced DUI Lawyer will vary depending on their qualifications. More than likely, the average cost of a DUI lawyer will land within the range of $4,000 – $10,000 depending on a lot of factors (1st offense?, misdemeanor or felony DUI?, will the case go to trial?, etc.).

The lesson is to not drive drunk, but if you are suspected of DUI it is best to get a firm with a Certified Criminal Law Specialist like David Michael Cantor to help minimize the consequences you may face for a DUI conviction in Arizona. The Law Offices of David Michael Cantor is also an AV Rated law firm and can help you if you have a DUI in Arizona. Contact us for a Free Consultation or call us at 602-307-0808 24 hours a day.

If you have been arrested for DUI in Scottsdale or anywhere in Arizona, only the best representation will do. Call our offices to schedule a free consultation today.


Judicial Vacancies Skyrocket During President Obama’s First Term

Interesting article at the Huffington Post about Judicial Vacancies and Obama’s first term:

As President Barack Obama winds down his first term in office, he won’t be looking back with pride at his record on reducing federal judicial vacancies.

There are currently 83 empty district and circuit court judge seats. That means Obama is poised to end the year with more vacancies than when he was sworn in — there were 55 when he came in — and with far fewer confirmed nominees than his two predecessors had by the end of their first terms. While former President Bill Clinton was at 200 and George W. Bush was at 205, Obama is at 160, according to data provided by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Thirty-three of those 83 empty seats are considered “judicial emergencies.” At the circuit courts, that means that because of the vacancies, the number of cases per panel of judges exceeds 700, or stays between 500 and 700 for more than 18 months. In district courts, it means the number of cases per individual judge is more than 600, or between 430 and 600 for more than 18 months. The more overloaded judges are, the more delayed the process of moving millions through the justice system.

Senate obstruction is the most widely cited source of the crisis. But Obama’s record when it comes to nominating judges is also lackluster. He hasn’t put forward as many nominees as his predecessors, a fact that Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said is fueling the crisis with judicial vacancies. By this point in their presidencies, Clinton and Bush had nominated 247 and 231 judicial nominees, respectively. Obama has only put up 215.

But naming more nominees doesn’t mean Senate Republicans would necessarily move any faster to confirm them, said a White House aide. “If my coffee pot only makes one cup per hour, no matter how many coffee beans I pour into it, the number of cups coming out will still be the same,” said the aide. “It doesn’t matter how many more judges we jam into the pipeline, the vacancy rate doesn’t change at all. The bottleneck is the Senate.”

Indeed, Senate Republicans haven’t been brewing much coffee with Obama the past four years. The pattern throughout the president’s tenure has been uncontroversial judicial nominees clearing the Senate Judiciary Committee but going nowhere the Senate floor. Then, after months of opposition, GOP leaders agree to clear some of the backlog and long-stalled nominees sail through virtually unopposed.

Historically, senators from both parties stalled judicial nominees when those senators are in the opposite party of the sitting president. But what has changed is the degree to which obstruction has become standard operating procedure since Obama took office. After four years, Obama has seen about 75 percent of his nominees confirmed. By contrast, the Senate confirmed 81 percent of Clinton’s nominees and 88.7 percent of Bush’s nominees by this point in their presidency.

Two months ago, the Senate went into recess without taking action on 19 judicial nominees, nearly all of whom have support from both parties.

“I cannot remember a time when the Senate refused to act on nominees with such bipartisan support,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said in a statement.

The fact that GOP senators haven’t been helping to push through judicial nominees from their home states may also play a role in Obama’s nominee count. Senators have the ability to provide a “blue slip” to the Judiciary Committee to approve moving a nominee from their home state through the committee process. The White House signaled that hasn’t been happening so much since Obama took office.

“Republican obstruction exists on many levels, including often not being cooperative in our efforts to nominate judges in states where they hold blue slips,” said the aide.

With a few weeks left this year, Democrats are holding out for action on the 19 stalled nominees. Their confirmations would translate to filling about one-fourth of all current judicial vacancies, and would fill 13 judicial emergencies. But Leahy and Grassley are still squabbling over whether that can happen in a lame-duck Congress.

“From 1980 until this year, when a lame duck session followed a presidential election, every single judicial nominee reported with bipartisan Judiciary Committee support has been confirmed,” Leahy said in a statement. “I remember. I was the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee who moved forward with those votes.”

Expect an impasse on the issue because of “Senate precedent,” Grassley countered, in an interview with USA Today, blaming an increase in judicial filibusters on Democrats who blocked some of Bush’s nominees in 2002.

“That kind of set a higher bar,” he said.


Texas Trucker accused of Gun Smuggling into Mexico is Freed

Talk about taking a wrong turn! Apparently Jabin Bogan from Dallas Texas needs some basic geography lessons and help reading road signs. Around 7 months ago while en route to Phoenix with a delivery of gun ammunition Jabin took a wrong turn and ended up in Mexico.

For his driving error Jabin spent the last seven months in a Mexican maximum security prison. It sounds like he had a pretty harrowing time south of the border and claims to have considered suicide a number of times.

Mexico has made stopping gun imports a major effort in halting the escalating drug wars over the last few years. Officials there claim most guns are coming from the US and take a hard line approach to dealing with gun smugglers as Jabin learned first hand.

Bottom line here is to learn where North is when traveling in the southwest.


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