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A Divided U.S. Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of University Of Arizona Police Officer

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the University of Arizona police officer who shot and injured a woman who wielded a knife at her roommate in 2010.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the court decision clearing the officer of criminal charges sends, "An alarming signal to law enforcement and the public."

That warning came Monday after the court found Officer Andrew Kisela immune to criminal charges in the 2010 shooting of Amy Hughes.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich disagreed that the decision sends a signal for police to shoot first and think later.

"I think quite frankly as a state this is something we should be looking at in a broader context of how these cases are being investigated, who's doing the investigating, and to ensure justice is done," he said, then added, "I do think the Supreme Court got it right in that case."

The divided court ruled there was enough evidence to show Hughes' roommate was in imminent danger when Kisela shot and wounded her.

Hughes' attorney said the ruling does not mean the officer is off the hook in the civil suit for permanent injuries, pain and emotional distress.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.