The Harding Firm Law Firm- Arizona Lawyer

The Cost for Casey

Casey Anthony, a mother accused of murdering her daughter, was acquitted of the the worst charges today, and many are outraged by the thought of her going “free.” Whether she committed the alleged crimes or not, one only need to consider all her relationships that were ruined in the process of the proceedings to reevaluate this notion of freedom. Casey slandered her dad and brother, or outed a family secret; many of he past friends and lovers testified against her; her life was placed on the world’s stage for all to scrutinize; and her daughter is dead. Casey may be many things, but “free” is not one of them…
Read More

Man Stabbed in a Gilbert Strip Mall

By Mike Sakai A 24-year-old man is hospitalized at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn in stable but serious condition after he was stabbed in the neck in the parking lot of a Gilbert strip mall on Wednesday. The victim, whose name was not available, was stabbed about 2:45 p.m. during an incident behind the center at 750 N. Gilbert Road, according to police. No arrests have been made in the case as the victim is not cooperating with police. Police are continuing to investigate the incident and believe the incident may have been a drug deal gone bad. Reposted from http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/article_4573253c-9de8-11e0-bcfe-001cc4c002e0.html on June 23, 2011.
Read More

Theft, Porn, and Assaults…All at the public libr…

Theft, Porn, and Assaults…All at the public library?!? Wowsers! http://bit.ly/lslSII
Read More

Family Law turns Criminal – Yuma Shooting Spree Linked to Divorce

YUMA, Ariz. — Thursday morning’s horrific 5-1/2-hour shooting spree in and around Yuma that left six people dead and one critically injured was reportedly in reaction to a very contentious divorce. There were a total of five crime scenes in the county and one in the city of Yuma. “Our first call that there was something amiss was at 5:07 this morning,” said Yuma County Sheriff Ralph Ogden. That’s when Yuma County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home near Avenue 22-1/2E and Highway 80 in Wellton, about 20 miles east of Yuma. That’s where a woman, reportedly a friend of the shooter’s ex-wife, was found shot multiple times. Critically injured, the woman was flown to a Phoenix-area hospital. Police have identified the shooter as Carey Hal Dyess, 73. By 11:30 a.m. the sheriff’s department had responded to three more homes, finding one woman, believed to be Dyess’ ex-wife, at a home in Wellton near Avenue 35E and Highway 80, two victims dead at a home near Avenue 32E and Highway 80, and another man dead at a home near Avenue 36E and Highway 80. “These people all knew each other,” the sheriff said. The victims are all believed to have been friends with Dyess’ ex-wife. Friends said he was distraught and very resentful over his divorce two years ago. Yuma police belive Dyess also killed Jerrold Shelley, his ex-wife’s divorce attorney who was found dead inside his office on Second Avenue in downtown Yuma. “There was an office assistant inside,” said Yuma Chief of Police Jerry Grier. “He instructed that person to get down and that’s when the shooting happened.” “It still seems unbelievable to me,” said Shelley’s friend of more than 20 years, Presiding Judge Andrew Gould. “Mr. Shelley was a great attorney in this community and a great man.” Scott Shelley said his dad knew being a defense attorney, handling capital murder cases could be dangerous. He also handled divorce cases and while the Dyess case was contentious, it was also wrapped up two years ago. In fact, Shelley said his dad was wrapping everything up, with plans to close his practice and retire later this year. Shelley said he has no idea what caused Dyess to lash out Thursday, but he said he knows his father’s legacy as a great father and devoted husband will live on forever. The sheriff’s office has yet to release the names of the other victims involved. And as far as why Dyess went on a shooting rampage Thursday morning, the sheriff said they are still investigating but we may never know as Dyess was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound near Blaisdell and Highway 95. by Kristine Harrington reposted from http://www.azfamily.com/news/Yuma-shooting-spree-linked-to-divorce-123104123.html
Read More

Queen Creek Man Fails to Convince Estranged Wife Rape Was Consensual Sex. Then He Failed at Killing Himself, Too

Clifton Wilkinson had two plans yesterday after getting caught in the act of allegedly sexually assaulting his estranged wife: Plan A was to convince her that it wasn’t rape. Plan B was to hang himself. He failed miserably at both. According to documents obtained by New Times, Wilkinson’s estranged wife was on the phone with the water company when Wilkinson showed up to her Queen Creek house. The estranged wife told police she had expected for Wilkinson, 37, to show up at some point to fix her Internet connection, but instead he showed up with a roll of duct tape and attacked her. Since she was still on the phone with the water company, the employee heard what was going on and called police. Meanwhile, Wilkinson bound the woman and covered her mouth with duct tape and proceeded to force her to have sex with him, according to court documents. The victim told investigators that Wilkinson moved her upstairs and tried to have sex with her again. As the attack was going down, deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office showed up to the house and tried to order them outside. Police say Wilkinson took the tape off of his estranged wife, and told her he was “just acting out one of his [fantasies] and that it was okay.” On a scale of 1 to 10, that excuse worked 0 — his wife told police of the sexual assault, and Wilkinson was arrested. Once at the investigations division of the MCSO, Wilkinson told investigators he was pretty sure that he was supposed to go over there because his estranged wife missed him, and not to fix the computer. Wilkinson told investigators he eventually got mad because his ex told him she was a lesbian, but that they were also having consensual sex when sheriff’s deputies showed up to the house. While detectives went out of the interview room, Wilkinson went to plan B. Police say Wilkinson took off his belt, and attempted to hang himself from the door knob of the interview room. On a scale of 1 to 10, that worked about 1 — investigators brought him to the hospital for “precautionary reasons” before booking him into jail shortly thereafter. Wilkinson faces four counts of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping. reposted on 5.11.11 from http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2011/05/queen_creek_man_arrested_after.php
Read More

Father of the Bride-to-Be kills Groom

Prescott Man Allegedly Shoots Daughter’s Fiance By Jennifer Thomas PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A Prescott man was arrested for attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly shot his daughter’s fiance Monday night. Prescott police officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 200 S. Virginia St. just before midnight. According to Lt. Tim Fletcher with the Prescott Police Department, Edward E. Musgrave, 64, allegedly shot the 52-year-old man in the lower abdomen following a domestic dispute. The victim suffered a single gunshot wound and was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center. He later was flown to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix for further treatment and surgery. Musgrave was arrested and booked on one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of aggravated assault with a weapon, one count of endangerment and three counts of misconduct involving weapons. Musgrave remains in the Yavapai County Jail and bond has not been set. Reposted on 4.12.11 from http://www.azfamily.com/news/Prescott-man-allegedly-shoots-daughters-fiance-119702924.html clash of clans hack apk free download for android
Read More

Your background may hurt you…

Looking for a job working with children, the elderly, or the government? You will need more than skills to get the job. What is on your criminal record? Contrary to popular belief, your juvenile record is not sealed when you turn 18. Nor is it sealed when you complete the terms of probation, whether juvenile or adult. And remember those misdemeanor convictions that you thought were not a big deal? They can be a major hindrance to your future career. The expungement process (“Set Aside,” here in Arizona) is one that I can help with. The entire process takes about six-nine months, so don’t wait – address it today, so when you finally get that interview or opportunity, you will not be summarily denied because of your criminal history! Новости видео
Read More

“Different” Is Not The Same As “Dysfunctional”

By Antonette King, M.S.W.* Traditionally, parenting practices are still based on married households where mothers provide the majority of the nurturing and fathers are responsible for financially supporting the household, masculine driven tasks, and play (Biblarz & Stacy, 2010). However, only 25% of U.S. children grow up in homes with both of their married, biological parents (Simons, Chen, et al., 2006) and this has greatly impacted the structure of African Americans families. For example, African Americans families have endured a significant decline in the number of marriages, older onsets of first marriage, higher incidences of births to unwed mothers, higher percentages of children living in female-headed homes, and a higher proportion of children raised in poverty (see Taylor, Tucker, Chatters & Jayakody, 1997, for review). The changes in African American family structures have been so drastic that it has been estimated that nearly 20% of African American children live with extended family members and over 70% of African American births are to unwed mothers (Simons, Chen, et al., 2006). Since it is understood that single African American mothers are more likely to provide financial support to their household than women of other ethnicities and African American single-headed homes have produced some highly adaptive youth, we as social scientists should seek to provide more comprehensive models of family functioning. But, how? There is an anecdote that argues, “mothers love their sons and raise their daughters” (Mandara, Murray, & Joyner, 2005, p. 210). This saying hints at the notion that African American mothers socialize their boy and girl children differently. As such, African American mothers are often more tolerant and easier on their sons, while often forcing their daughters to be self-sufficient and ambitious (Mandara et al., 2005). In traditional two-parent households this unique relationship described between a mother and her male and female children would be counteracted by the father who tends to be tougher and more controlling of their sons achievement and more lenient on their girls (Mandara et al., 2005). Although these counter-balancing relationships are not always possible in single-parent homes, some children raised in single-parent homes are quite resilient. So, the notion that a child needs a mother and father assumes that there are fundamental differences within mothering and fathering (Biblarz & Stacey, 2010). Future social work research on African American families should examine how various family configurations influence family relationships, gendered based parenting practices, and youth outcomes. *Antonette King is a Doctoral Candidate in the Joint Doctoral program in Social Work and Psychology at the University of Michigan Reposted from the Watkins Research Lab at http://watkinsresearchlab.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/different-is-not-the-same-as-dysfunctional/
Read More

The Senator got away with Committing Domestic Violence, will you?

A couple of weeks ago, State Senator Scott Allen Bundgaard admitted to hitting his girlfriend but he will not be prosecuted. This is huge here in Arizona because even the lowliest level of a assault with a Domestic Violence enhancement tarnishes one’s record in a manner that makes future employment near impossible, not to mention required classes and court costs. However, the senator gets to usurp this process because of an outdated law that prevents the arrests of sitting legislative members. His girlfriend was arrested and charged. He later made a statement implying that the altercation was not domestic violence as he would define it. Lucky for him, he’s a senator. If it happens to you and your not a legislature, give me a call. 🙂
Read More

Ten Ways to Screw up Your Divorce

The following is a compilation of the ten ways people ruin their lives in divorce cases: 1. Self pity. Buck up and deal with it. When people get mired in self-pity– they lose focus on resolving the conflict and instead focus on their perceived victimization. If people drive their car looking in the rear-view mirror, instead of the front windshield, they ultimately crash. Same with a divorce. 2. Ignore your lawyer’s advice. Why would someone hire a lawyer and ignore their advice? It sounds implausible, but it happens all the time. Find the smartest and most mature lawyer available and listen and follow their advice. Lawyers are paid for their wisdom and experience–not to help satisfy client’s self destructive impulses. This is why it is so important to get competent representation. 3. Play games with your lawyer. If you aren’t honest with the lawyer, how can they help? Let a lawyer make representations that aren’t true and the lawyer won’t be around for very long. Or don’t cooperate when the lawyer asks for information. All of these behavioral problems just end up in a disastrous result. 4. Transference of anger. Sometimes people transfer their anger at their spouse towards their lawyer. If you are hostile with your lawyer or his staff, how effective do you think they can be? Get a counselor and work through the anger . The lawyer is not the enemy and should not be treated as such. They are there to help. And if they aren’t helping–fire them and get one that can help. In general, anger = trouble in divorce court. 5. Understand the nature of the relationship. The attorney client relationship is a professional relationship. Treating the lawyer as a friend, therapist or the enemy (see above) is not particularly helpful. Boundaries benefit everyone. The lawyer must remain clinical and detached enough to help guide you through the tumult. Blurred boundaries help no one and actually become destructive. 6. Using your lawyer as a therapist. Not helpful. Lawyers are not typically trained as therapists and frankly, using them as such will quickly exhaust a litigation budget. Let the lawyer manage the domestic conflict and use a therapist or coach to help to manage the toxic emotions that need to be appropriately addressed. 7. Pick a lawyer from the phone book. The two most important professionals you rely on are your divorce lawyer and doctor; neither of whom should be chosen based upon the size of their yellow page ad. Get a referral and research the competence of your lawyer. A bad lawyer needs the bigger ad–not the better lawyer. Too much is a stake to pick a name at random. And for that matter, there is a reason why some lawyers cost significantly less than others. You get what you pay for. 8. Have unrealistice expectations. If the bar is set too high, the crash landing is more painful. Unrealistic expectations prolong litigation and the pain to the family. In general, avoid an egocentric world view. Make your best deal and get on with it. People that get stuck on the litigation carousel sometimes never get off–a painful and miserable existence. 9. Relying on friends and family for advice. While they mean well, they sometimes are less objective than the person actually involved in the divorce. People that follow well-meaning family member’ s advice over their attorney’s ususally end up getting screwed by that advice–a poor choice. The delicate world of divorce negotiations cannot and should not be impacted by angry friends or relatives–too upset to understand the implications of their advice. 10. Maintain a sense of entitlement. Nobody is entitled to anything! If you dwell on the notion that you are owed–trying to fill an emotional void brought on betrayal–the end result will never compensate and will only cost. While a trite idiom, life is indeed unfair sometimes. But to dwell on that instead of trying to figure a way forward will be hazardous and destructive. By Steven N. Peskind. Reposted from http://www.peskindfamilylawinsights.com/ten-ways-to-screw-up-your-divorce-case/ 3.1.2011
Read More

Who said Honor is dead?

Honor Killing: Faleh Hassan Almaleki found guilty in daughter Noor’s death Tuesday an Arizona jury found Faleh Hassan Al-Maleki guilty in the honor killing death of his daughter, Noor Almeleki. A Maricopa County Superior Court jury found the Iraqi immigrant guilty of running down his daughter and another woman in a parking lot in Oct. 2009. Almaleki ran over his 20-year-old daughter Noor and Amal Khalaf, the mother of Noor’s boyfriend, in an attempted “honor killing” because he felt his daughter shamed him and his family. Almaleki immigrated with his family to Illinois in the mid-1990s. Relatives report the man became enraged when his daughter married a man in Iraq, but subsequently returned to Arizona to live with her boyfriend and his mother. Almaleki, an Iraqi national, fled the United States after the attack, driving to Mexico before flying to London. British authorities detained him and extradited him back to the United States. Reposted from Examiner.com: Honor Killing: Faleh Hassan Almaleki found guilty in daughter Noor’s death – http://www.examiner.com/humanist-in-national/honor-killing-faleh-hassan-almaleki-found-guilty-daughter-noor-s-death#ixzz1Ene7TE00
Read More