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Popko quoted in The Daily Courier
was quoted in a July 10 article written by Scott Orr, titled, “Judge will decide sentence for former teacher who violated probation by downloading pornographic images,” in The Daily Courier in Prescott.
A judge said she would decide the sentence of a former Bradshaw Mountain High School teacher who violated the terms of his sex-offender probation. This decision came despite the judge previously saying the defendant could have a jury make the decision if he wanted.
Popko said changing to a jury case now would pose some problems, such as the difficulty of proper witness selection.
"If the witnesses aren't around - because people have moved, and they have no idea where they have moved to, or maybe people have died - it becomes harder to prove certain aggravating factors" such as victim impact, Popko said.
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Popko is the founding director of the College’s Post-Conviction Clinic and teaches a sentencing seminar and workshop. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, and a member of the federal District of Arizona’s CJA Panel Selection Committee.