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Court: Louis Taylor cannot collect for 42 years behind bars in Pioneer fire case

A Tucson man who spent years in prison on 28 arson-related murder counts that were later vacated cannot now collect damages for the time he spent behind bars, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.... Read more»

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9th Circuit says Tucson woman can use battered woman syndrome as defense in gun case

A federal appeals court ordered a new trial for a Tucson woman, saying she was wrongly denied the chance to present evidence of battered woman syndrome in her defense against weapons charges.... Read more»

Supreme Court rejects Trump administration appeal over asylum ban

The Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration's attempt to end-run a decision by a federal judge, and implement new rules barring asylum claims by anyone who entered the U.S. between border crossings.... Read more»

Court decisions block Trump's moves to dismantle asylum process

In a pair of decisions Wednesday, two different courts, one in San Francisco and one in Washington, D.C., ruled against the Trump administration's attempts to block people from seeking asylum in separate but important cases.... Read more»

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to implement asylum ban

Trump administration officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to OK a ban on asylum claims by people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without going through a crossing point.... Read more»

Court – again – puts brakes on administration plan to overturn DACA

A federal appeals court Thursday rejected a Trump administration request to move forward with its plan to end the Obama-era DACA program, saying the deferred deportation plan should stay in effect while legal challenges are pursued.... Read more»

Appeals court rejects latest challenge to Arizona’s 'ballot harvesting' law

Yet another legal challenge to Arizona’s “ballot harvesting” law was shot down in federal court Wednesday when a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to overturn the law known as HB 2023.... Read more»

Judicial nominee defends tribal law record in low-key Senate hearing

Federal appeals court nominee Eric Miller tried to dispel concerns last week about his record on tribal law, telling a Senate committee that his previous work on behalf of clients did not foretell how he would rule as a judge.... Read more»

Appeals court lets stand death sentence for 1988 murder

Concealing evidence of child abuse from jurors is not enough to overturn death sentence of Michael Apelt, convicted of murdering his wife one day after life insurance policy took effect. ... Read more»

Appeals court rejects challenge to Az ban on delivering ballots

A divided federal appeals court rejected Democratic challenges to two Arizona voting laws Wednesday, upholding a lower court that said the rules put a minimal burden on voters and there was no evidence they were aimed at minority voters.... Read more»

Court: Asylum-seeker in 24-year-old case deserves another hearing

A federal appeals court overturned an immigration board’s decision to deport an Arizona man to his native El Salvador, rejecting the lower court’s “glib characterization” that murders, beatings and home invasions did not constitute persecution.... Read more»

Court: Widow waited too long to sue VA for delays in husband’s care

A Navy widow whose husband died from kidney disease cannot sue the Veterans Affairs medical center that delayed his treatment, only to send a letter two weeks after his death urging him to seek immediate care.... Read more»

Court: Former Arizona broadcaster owes millions in taxes on sale

A federal appeals court said that the former owners of Arizona's Slone Broadcasting Co. owe $15 million in taxes on the 2001 sale of their business.... Read more»

Court reverses death sentence in Prescott killing where lawyers ‘utterly failed’

A federal appeals court Wednesday reversed the death sentence given to a Prescott man for the 1987 murder of his lover’s husband in an alleged scheme to collect on the victim’s insurance policy.... Read more»

Court: Inmate can sue state for being forced to work religious holiday

A federal appeals court ruled last week that an Arizona inmate can sue prison officials who he said violated his Christian beliefs by forcing him to work on a religious holiday.... Read more»

Court OKs special prosecutor to fight Arpaio’s push to clear his record

A federal appeals court this week approved the hiring of a special prosecutor to challenge former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s claim that his criminal contempt of court conviction should be vacated after his presidential pardon.... Read more»

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