HON. ROBERT L. GOTTSFIELD is a retired but called-back full-time Judge of the Superior Court,
Maricopa County, where he has served since 1980 and is presently assigned as a special assignment judge
trying criminal cases, including capital cases.
MARIANNE ALCORN is the Head of Reference and Faculty Services at the Ross-Blakley Law Library,
Arizona State University, where she has been since 1981. She is a past president of the Arizona Association
of Law Librarians and currently on the executive board of the American Association of Law Librarians.
The views expressed herein are solely those of the authors and not the court or any organization.
“Crisis” is not too strong a word
to describe the number of capital cases in
process in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Its volume has been dramatic and its
effects great, so much so that it has been
the subject of national new stories.
This month, we publish the first part of
an article detailing the crisis and its
challenges, which are not amenable to any
easy answers. The authors explain every
step and every participant. We
believe it is required reading for
anyone seeking to understand the
The Crisis . . . . . . . . .p. 22
The Time Frames . . . .p. 24
The Capital Case . . . . .p. 24
Some of the Issues To Be Covered in the Next Part of This Series:
Process Participants, Mitigation, Victims Rights, What Can Be Done