Category Archives: Gregg R. Woodnick

Whose Team are they on? CPS Removal and TDM Meetings

A CPS investigation is beyond frightening. What are your rights? Why does it seem like the investigator is interrogating me?  The investigator keeps saying that this is not a criminal matter, but do I need a lawyer?  Do I have to … Continue reading

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Parents’ Medical Nightmare

The Pelletier family is going through every parent’s worst nightmare. Their 15-year-old daughter, Justina, has been struggling with a rare disease that could lead to death. There is no cure for this disease, but despite the bleak prognosis, the Pelletier … Continue reading

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Former NFL Player Indicted

Former NFL player Darren Sharper, was indicted for sex-related offenses that occurred in Tempe, Arizona. The former star is alleged to have used Ambien to drug women and sexually assault them while they were passed out. Under A.R.S. § 13-1406, if … Continue reading

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Munchausen by Proxy?

It’s a tragic story. Garnett Spears, a 5-year-old boy, was given deadly amounts of sodium through his feeding bag, allegedly by his mother. After beginning treatment, hospital tests revealed unusually high amounts of sodium in the boy’s body, which accounted for … Continue reading

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Getting Back Baby Jack – Putative Father Registration and Consent to Adoption in Arizona

A nightmare scenario for one Utah father has made national news.  The most disconcerting part of his story is that it could happen again right here in Arizona. In 2010, Jake Strickland learned that he was to become a father.  … Continue reading

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The Importance of Counseling in Domestic Disputes

All too often, tragedies occur in the context of divorce and custody disputes.  In Arizona we no longer use the term “custody” and instead use the phrase “legal decision making,” but for the purpose of this article we will refer … Continue reading

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When Arizona Foster Parents are Ready to Adopt – A Rare Opportunity for a Free Lawyer

I received a call the other day from a potential client and her partner.  They had been fostering a child through a CPS placement for almost 19 months.  The baby was just three weeks old when he was placed in … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Hears Key Adoption Case for Arizona

The U.S. Supreme Court heard an important adoption case on April 16. The case, captioned Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, involves complex issues of sovereignty and statutory construction, to say nothing of the high stakes element of a little girl’s … Continue reading

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False Imprisonment Claim Yields $70,000 Settlement in New Mexico

ABC News reports that a New Mexico man agreed to a $70,000 settlement with the county whose officials arrested and wrongfully imprisoned him for several days in 2009. Anthony Ortiz was arrested because a clerk entered his Social Security number … Continue reading

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The Importance of Expert Witnesses

If the Jodi Arias trial illustrates anything to the legal community (note: it probably illustrates a lot of things), it is the importance of expert witness testimony in the contemporary trial setting.  Forensic psychologist Richard Samuels told jurors that Jodi … Continue reading

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