What Are the Limits Under IGRA on State Powers to Regulate Ancillary Non-Gaming Business Ventures

By Frederick R. Petti, Patricia Lane Briones, and Wendell Long IGRA’s legislative history made clear that Congress did not ‘‘intend that compacts be used as a subterfuge for imposing state jurisdiction on tribal lands.’’

Offensive Use of Motions In Limine

By Frederick R. Petti and Robert H. McKirgan Published in American Bar Association Trial Evidence Journal Winter 2007 We recently handled a civil matter in which our client was alleged to have mistreated his former spouse.  During the investigation of the spouse’s case, we discovered that the spouse had made similar claims of mistreatment during […]

Reflections of the Impeachment Trial of Evan Mecham

By Frederick R. Petti and Danny Adelman On March 29, 1988, Arizona Attorney Robert L’Ecuyer was being cross-examined by Paul Eckstein, an attorney for the Board of Managers, the five members of the Arizona House of Representatives responsible for prosecuting the articles of impeachment filed against then Governor Evan Mecham in the Arizona Senate.  On […]

Seeking Attorney’s Fees in Criminal Cases

By James J. Belanger, Frederick R. Petti and James Berchtold On Oct. 3, 2000, United States District Court Judge Roger G. Strand awarded a victorious defendant in a criminal case $150,000 in attorney’s fees and $50,480.58 in litigation costs.[1]  The ruling marks the first time that the Hyde Amendment,[2] a 1997 law designed to allow […]

The Return of the Trial in Federal White Collar Criminal Cases

THE RETURN OF THE TRIAL IN FEDERAL WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL CASES by Danny S. Ashby and Frederick R. Petti[1]             Before the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Booker,[2] clients facing federal criminal charges who insisted on trying their cases faced the specter on conviction of a mandatory sentence within the applicable range of the Federal […]