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Lawmakers want to pull Arizona from 'over-sized' 9th Circuit

Arizona lawmakers introduced bills Wednesday that would pull Arizona and four other Western states out of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and form them into a new circuit.... Read more»

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Appeals court upholds Arizona limits on judges' campaigns

A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld Arizona’s prohibitions on campaigning and fundraising by judicial candidates, saying the rules are necessary to protect “the public’s confidence that judges base rulings on law, and not on party politics.”... Read more»1

Judge nixes Republican case to overturn City Council election

A Superior Court judge ruled Monday against a request by a pair of Republican candidates who sought to be declared the winners of last month's Tucson election. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»

Court hears GOP suit to overturn City Council election

A Superior Court judge will rule within a week on a lawsuit by a pair of Republican candidates who are seeking to be declared the winners of last month's Tucson election. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»

Judge: No 'emergency' to license detention centers

A district judge has ruled that the state of Texas can't claim an emergency to quickly grant licenses for two private detention centers holding undocumented immigrant families for the federal government.... Read more»

Az student group's retaliation claim strikes nerve at 9th Circuit

The Arizona Students' Association's challenge to a federal judge's dismissal of its retaliation claim against the Arizona Board of Regents over students' support of a sales tax increase for education appeared to find favor with the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday.... Read more»

City Council appeals 9th Circuit election ruling

The City Council voted Tuesday to appeal last week's ruling of a 9th Circuit panel that found Tucson's election system unconstitutional. The Council also discussed moving ahead with putting changes to elections on the ballot for voter approval.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Despite GOP lawsuit, judge's ruling seems to favor city-wide elections

The shark has just poked his head out of the waves and watched the Pima County Republican Party sail over his head on water skis. The party that refused to mount a full-fledged campaign and has called city elections "Jim Crow" oppression now wants to sue incumbents Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott out of a job.... Read more»9

Republicans sue to be declared Council winners

Even though they lost the city-wide vote, two of the three GOP candidates for City Council are asking a judge to declare them the winners, based on a 9th Circuit ruling that Tucson's elections are unconstitutional. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Should GOP crow about 9th Circuit tossing Tucson elections?

Tuesday's ruling tossing out Tucson's elections is neither that shocking, nor a game changer. In fact, I'm trying to figure out what Republicans are crowing about because they haven't proven adept at the sort of all-out campaign required to win over skeptical voters. They were great at it, once.... Read more»2

9th Circuit: Tucson's 'unusual' elections are unconstitutional

Sending the case back to a lower court, a panel of federal judges has ruled that Tucson's "odd" system of electing its City Council violates the principle of "one person, one vote." The 9th Circuit released the 2-1 decision Tuesday. The city is likely to appeal.... Read more»

Court sides with Tohono O’odham - again - in Glendale casino fight

A federal appeals court Friday upheld a lower court’s ruling that prevented the city of Glendale from annexing land in an effort to block a planned Tohono O’odham casino there.... Read more»

DHS appeals order to release immigrant women and kids

Immigration officials continue to defend the use of family detention, even as Homeland Security moves forward on reforms that will shift the facilities toward short-term processing centers. ... Read more»

Court: Cops can be ordered to provide DNA in probe of Phx officer’s death

A federal appeals court said Monday that Phoenix police were within their rights to take DNA samples from officers responding to the 2010 shooting death of a fellow officer, Sgt. Sean Drenth, near the State Capitol.... Read more»

Weapons conviction reversed for immigrant caught near Green Valley

A federal appeals court Monday overturned the firearms conviction of an illegal immigrant who was caught near Green Valley in 2012 with guns, cell phones, a large supply of food and a radio scanner. A new hearing has been ordered.... Read more»1

Court upholds 5-year bomb-possession sentence for Tucson man

A federal appeals court Monday upheld a Tucson man’s sentence for possession of 24 homemade bombs that were found in his house in 2011. Todd Fries had argued that the sentencing judge should not have considered his previous convictions on chemical weapons use and making false statements to the FBI.... Read more»

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