In the Absence of Violence

Remembering Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. By Judge Gerald A. Williams On January 15, some will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day off work or with a quick ski trip. Others may finally take the Christmas lights off their homes. But it is worth taking the time to remember a man who understood how meaningful change could occur in the absence of violence. Reverend King became the central figure in ...

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Symbols and Celebrations

Could a local government display a nativity scene? By Judge Gerald A. Williams Can a local government lawfully display a nativity scene on government property during the Christmas season? Does it matter if it is also part of an overall holiday display? What about the Constitutional requirement for separation between church and state? To find answers to these and many legal questions, a quick examination of ...

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The Meaning of Veterans Day

By Judge Gerald A. Williams   What we now know as Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it as such in 1919 after World War I had ended the year before on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (November 11, 1918 at 11:00 a.m.).  Years later, a World War II veteran organized a parade to honor all veterans, and eventually, Congress ch ...

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Voter 411

How to find information about the judges on your ballot By Judge Gerald A. Williams Some Arizona judges, like me, are elected and must collect signatures to get on the ballot. Others are appointed by the governor and then face a yes-or-no retention ballot. When it comes to the judicial retention, some people mark yes on each of them, others mark no on each of them, and many just leave that part of their bal ...

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Talk of the Town Hall

Legislative candidates on three big issues in Anthem By Eric Newman   The Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce held a Legislative Town Hall on August 14, featuring the Arizona State legislative candidates in District 1. Incumbent Karen Fann (R), along with Jo Craycraft (D), Noel Campbell (R), Jodi Rooney (R), Jan Manolis (D) and Dr. Ed Gogek (D) took questions from Anthem-area citizens and press concerning ...

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Home, Safe

New law lets sexual assault victims break their lease By Judge Gerald A. Williams Under previously existing Arizona landlord and tenant law, victims of domestic violence could break their lease. Thanks to a new law, which went into effect on August 3, 2018, sexual assault victims can now do so as well.   The bipartisan legislation was adopted in response to a woman who was attacked by a neighbor.  She was u ...

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Time to Vote for a Constable

Judge Gerald A. Williams discusses this year’s competitive constable race. By the end of the evening on Aug. 28, 2018, everyone will know which candidate will be serving as the constable for the North Valley Justice Court Precinct for the next four years. Yes, voters in the North Valley have a competitive constable race. This happens, well, almost never. So what does a constable do? Unless you have been a d ...

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Judge Gerald A. Williams discusses Supreme Court rulings regarding vehicular searches

Warrantless Searches  Judge Gerald A. Williams discusses Supreme Court rulings regarding vehicular searches. A driver riding a unique orange and black motorcycle had eluded local police not once, but twice. They later concluded that the motorcycle was likely stolen. A break in the case came when they saw pictures on Facebook of the motorcycle parked in the driveway of a house. An officer located the house a ...

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Judge Gerald A. Williams on the success of an expanded video arraignment system in the justice system

On Camera  Judge Gerald A. Williams on the success of an expanded video arraignment system in the justice system. Photos courtesy of Gerald A. Williams For people with limited resources, the simple act of receiving a traffic ticket can start a series of events that has a devastating impact on their lives. An unpaid ticket, even if it’s for an alleged civil traffic violation, will likely trigger a driver lic ...

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Are kids driving too fast in Anthem?

Speeding!  Are kids driving too fast in Anthem? By Gerald A. Williams High school students driving their cars too fast is hardly a new problem. Until everyone is in a self-driving car, it will continue to be a problem. But more recently, and nearly every week, juvenile speeders are cited into my court. Many of those tickets do not allege close calls. Tickets claiming a juvenile was driving 63 mph in a 35 mp ...

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