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Court upholds conviction, death sentence in 1989 Pima County double murder

A divided federal appeals court Friday upheld the conviction and death sentence of a Pima County man in a 1989 drug deal turned double murder.... Read more»

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Judge unseals photos, docs of immigration detention centers

A federal judge in Tucson unsealed hundreds of pages of documents and photos this week as part of a class-action lawsuit over the treatment of detainees held by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

When judges attack: Future brightens for Tucson's hybrid elections

So I'm not a betting man. If I were, after a watching last week's re-hearing of a case about Tucson's elections, I would bet a week's pay that Tucson Republicans' jubilation about a federal appeals court's previous body slam of the city's hybrid system will be very short lived. Here's why.... Read more»1

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear immigrant detention dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether immigrants detained for more than six months by the U.S. government while deportation proceedings take place are eligible for a hearing in which they can argue for their release. ... Read more»

Court rejects death-row inmate’s claims in Phx double murder

A federal appeals court Friday rejected an Arizona death-row inmate’s claim that he had an ineffective attorney at his trial and sentencing in the 1987 stabbing of a elderly Phoenix couple.... Read more»

Court restores students’ free-speech lawsuit against Board of Regents

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the Arizona Students’ Association can pursue a claim that the Arizona Board of Regents cut off its funding in retaliation for the student group’s aggressive support of a school-funding initiative.... Read more»

Appeals court upholds death sentences in 1977 Maricopa murders

A federal appeals court upheld the death sentences last week against Joseph Clarence Smith for the 1976 murders of two teenage girls while he was on probation for a previous rape.... Read more»

Court lifts ban on Arpaio's workplace immigration raids

A federal appeals court on Monday lifted a court order blocking Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's use of workplace raids to enforce Arizona laws that make it a crime for illegal immigrants to use stolen identities to obtain work.... Read more»3

Full 9th Circuit to take another look at Tucson elections

A full panel of appeals court judges will review Tucson's municipal elections system, officials said Wednesday. In June, an 11-member panel will hear oral argument over the city's appeal of an earlier decision by three judges that held Tucson's elections to be unconstitutional.... Read more»

Court ordered to review life-without-parole sentence for Navajo teen

A federal appeals court ordered a resentencing Monday for a Navajo man who was sentenced to life without parole for murder and conspiracy to murder in 2002, when he was just 16 years old. ... Read more»

Death row inmate gets new hearing over Miranda rights claim

A federal appeals court ordered a lower court to consider whether an Arizona death row inmate’s trial for the 1990 sex assault and murder of an 8-year-old girl may have been tainted by the actions of a Phoenix police detective.... Read more»

Appeals court says Navajo can sue Park Service over remains

A divided federal appeals court Wednesday reinstated a Navajo Nation lawsuit seeking to force the National Park Service to return more than 300 remains and relics that are “among the most sacred” of the tribe’s property.... Read more»

Court: Arizona's 'dogged animus' against Dreamers behind denying licenses

Immigration advocates hailed a federal appeals court ruling that reaffirmed other courts’ findings that Arizona cannot deny driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants who qualify for deferred deportation.... Read more»

Court rejects latest challenge to Tohono O’odham’s Glendale casino

A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected the latest in a long line of challenges to the Tohono O’odham casino that opened in Glendale in December.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

How the GOP can lose the City Council forever

Ward-only (only) is what Republicans want. But here's what it means: The GOP is likely to win two seats representing Tucson's East Side wards. There is no path to three. Today, the party needs four votes to control the Council. They're rejecting an election plan that would give them a path to a majority.... Read more»3

Court restores claim that Yuma rejected housing plan for racial reasons

A federal appeals court Friday reinstated a developer’s lawsuit that charged Yuma city officials with rejecting a housing plan because white neighbors feared it would attract Hispanic residents.... Read more»

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