Pac-12 poll places Sun Devil softball at the top


January 25, 2012

Official Pac-12 Release

The Sun Devil softball squad garnered another No. 1 preseason ranking this week as the Pac-12 announced their 2012 Preseason Coaches Poll, where ASU received six first-place votes and 61 total points to launch the squad to the top. Download Full Image

The accolade is the highest ranking for the Devils in recent history of the Pac-12 preseason poll. ASU had previously reached as high as the No. 2 slot, which occurred twice in 2008 and 2009. It is also only the second time that the Devils have ranked higher than the rival Arizona Wildcats.

ASU is followed closely by California, which nabbed 58 points and two first-place votes to place them at second overall. Arizona trails California by ten points with 48 overall and only one first-place tally at the No. 3 spot. After the Wildcats are UCLA (fourth, 40 points), Stanford (fifth, 38 points), Washington (sixth, 30 points), Oregon (seventh, 26 points), Oregon State (eighth, 14 points), and Utah (ninth, nine points).

Earlier this week, the Devils were honored with two other No. 1 slots in both the USA Today/NFCA and the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 preseason polls. A-State has held the top position in the survey starting April 26, 2011, since which the squad has won its second Pac-12 championship and its second national championship in Sun Devil history.

The highly anticipated 2012 season will kick off with the Kajikawa Classic on February 9, where ASU will face Western Michigan in their first match of the year. The first Pac-12 match is on March 23, when the Devils take on the Wildcats in Tempe at Farrington Stadium. For the full 2012 lineup, click here.

2012 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll
First-place votes in parentheses
1. Arizona State (6)
2. California (2)
3. Arizona (1)
4. UCLA
5. Stanford
6. Washington
7. Oregon
8. Oregon State
9. Utah

Zig Popko discusses Peoria murder on Channel 10


January 25, 2012

Professor Zig Popko was a guest on Channel 10 on Jan. 23 to discuss the case of a 15-year-old boy suspected in the shooting deaths of two people during a smoke shop robbery.

Popko, a former defense attorney, said the youth will be automatically tried as an adult under Arizona law because it was a first-degree murder. Download Full Image

However, Popko added that the boy could not receive the death penalty because he is under 18 years old. He would likely be sentenced to life or natural life if convicted, he said.

Popko also discussed the prosecution’s approach to the case, saying, if they do not disclose any evidence to the defense that could cast doubt on whether or not the defendant is responsible, it could destroy the case.

To view the entire report, click here.

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. He also sits as a pro tem judge in the Tempe Municipal Court.