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Court vacates sentence for teen gang member given life without parole

A divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that since Riley Briones Jr.’s sentencing in 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court has banned life without parole except for “the rarest” of juveniles who are permanently incorrigible.... Read more»

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Pastor claims government targeted her for ministering to immigrants

A Christian pastor claims in a suit filed in federal court in California Monday that the federal government illegally targeted her for administering her faith to refugees and immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»1

Appeals court blocks Trump from building border wall with defense funds

A federal appeals court ruled against the Trump administration Wednesday, rejecting an attempt to use $8.1 billion siphoned from the Defense Department to construct several border wall projects, including one near Yuma that was scheduled to begin in March. ... Read more»

Can the government be sued for climate change? Appeals court hears arguments

Federal judges are weighing whether the U.S. can be held legally responsible for failing to protect future generations from climate change. ... Read more»

Nogales cross-border shooting lawsuit likely to turn on ruling in Texas case

Two federal circuit courts reached different conclusions over the right of foreign nationals on foreign soil to sue the U.S. government over civil rights violations. Now the Supreme Court will settle the issue.... Read more»

Supreme Court to hear Az murder appeal that could affect 20 death-row cases

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will hear the appeal of an Arizona death-row inmate who claims state courts wrongly used old law to reaffirm his death sentences for two 1991 murders.... Read more»

More than 200 allegations of migrant abuse, 1 case of DHS discipline

From 2009 to 2014, at least 214 complaints were filed against federal agents for abusing or mistreating migrant children. According to the Department of Homeland Security’s records, only one employee was disciplined as a result of a complaint.... Read more»

Court orders new hearing for groups trying to ban lead ammo in Kaibab

A federal appeals court Thursday ordered a new hearing for environmental groups trying to ban the use of lead shot in Kaibab National Forest that they said poses a threat to endangered California condors.... Read more»

Supreme Court will review Texas cross-border shooting; Nogales case hangs in balance

The outcome of a lawsuit filed by the family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, a Mexican teenager killed in a 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales, hinges on a similar court case from Texas that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this fall. ... Read more»

Supreme Court turns down Arpaio, who vows fight to vacate conviction

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio vowed Monday to continue the fight to clear his name of a criminal contempt of court conviction, after the Supreme Court rejected his challenge of an appeals court ruling.... Read more»

Court lets class-action suit proceed against state for foster care

A divided federal appeals court Friday ruled that a class-action lawsuit over the state’s care of foster children can proceed against the Arizona Department of Child Safety and the state’s Medicaid agency.... Read more»

Court overturns death sentence in 1987 execution-style Yuma murder

A federal appeals court Wednesday overturned the death sentence for Theodore Washington, the last of three defendants still on death row in the 1987 execution-style murder of Sterleen Hill during a “disastrously violent home invasion” in Yuma.... Read more»

Trump admin asks Supreme Court to rule families can't sue in cross-border shooting cases

Lawyers for the Trump administration argued that the families of two boys shot and killed in cross-border shootings — including one in Nogales — by U.S. Border Patrol agents should not be able to sue in U.S. courts. ... Read more»

Detainees taking lawsuit over conditions at BP facilities to trial

A long-running lawsuit over the treatment of detainees at Tucson Border Patrol stations will head to trial after a federal judge rejected a motion to force the agency to provide beds or mattresses raised off the floor for those being held.... Read more»

What’s next for No More Deaths after latest convictions of volunteers?

With a judge's decision this month, No More Deaths now has four more guilty verdicts to add to its legal history. But what do the convictions and upcoming trials mean for the future of providing potentially life-saving aid in Arizona’s borderlands?... Read more»

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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