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Fate of lawsuit over cross-border shooting death undecided

While the circumstances surrounding the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Nogales teen are "horrible and tragic," an attorney for Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz said in federal court Tuesday that a judge must dismiss a lawsuit by the family of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. ... Read more»

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Court: Widespread racial profiling by Arpaio's deputies

A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a lower court’s ruling that racial discrimination by Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies extended to all traffic stops – not just those performed during “immigration sweeps.” ... Read more»

Court upholds chemical weapons conviction for Tucson contractor

A federal appeals court upheld the conviction Monday of a Tucson contractor who set off a homemade chlorine bomb at a former customer’s home in 2009, creating a noxious cloud that forced a neighborhood evacuation.... Read more»1

Appeals court: Family of prisoner who ODed after beating can sue state

A federal appeals court reversed a lower court’s decision to throw out a suit against the state for its failure to protect a prison inmate who was brutally beaten by fellow prisoners. The court said there were enough questions about Philip Cortez's case to require a trial. ... Read more»

Arizona must issue driver's licenses to Dreamers

A federal judge has ordered the state to begin issuing driver's licenses to young immigrants, known as Dreamers, starting next Monday.... Read more»

Supreme Court refuses to block driver's licenses for Dreamers

In a brief judgement, Justice Anthony Kennedy refused to block a stay by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that requires Arizona to give young immigrants driver's licenses. ... Read more»

Supreme Court rejects Az appeal to enforce abortion law

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Arizona officials to reverse an injunction which blocks the enforcement of new rules aimed at the use of medication-based abortions in the state. The decision keeps the state from requiring abortion providers to follow FDA guidelines created in 2000, which are out of date according to medical experts. ... Read more»

Brewer appeals to Supreme Court over licenses for Dreamers

Gov. Jan. Brewer is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt a legal process that is set to result in driver's licenses being issued to people who have been granted deferred action from deportation by the federal government.... Read more»2

Az Dreamers one step closer to driver's licenses

The 9th Circuit Court refused Gov. Jan Brewer's request to delay a ruling that struck down Arizona's bar on issuing driver's licenses to young immigrants who have been granted deferred action status. The latest move by the courts means those "Dreamers" will likely be eligible for licenses in a week.... Read more»

High court denies Arizona appeal in death row case

The Supreme Court let stand a lower court’s ruling that Arizona death-row inmate Richard Dean Hurles should get a new hearing in the 1992 stabbing death of a Buckeye librarian. The court considered Hurles' case for more than a year before deciding against hearing it. ... Read more»

Court: Az must give driver's licenses to Dreamers

Thousands of young adults known as "Dreamers" may be able to get driver's licenses in Arizona after a federal appeals court rejected Monday a request by the state for a new hearing. In doing so, the full 9th Circuit affirmed a July ruling that Arizona illegally denied licenses to those who fall under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. ... Read more»

High court won’t block ruling that overturned bail ban for some immigrants

The decision means a lower-court ruling overturning the voter-approved Arizona law that bans bail for felony suspects in this country illegally will take effect. Even though the law is suspended, Maricopa County officials said they will file a formal appeal with the high court. ... Read more»

High court urged not to intervene on bail for immigrant felony suspects

The ACLU said Maricopa County had not shown harm if a lower court ruling, overturning the state's ban on bail for felony suspects who are here illegally, was allowed to take effect. But county officials argued that the ruling could release "potentially dangerous criminals." ... Read more»1

Gay marriage licenses issued in every Az county

In the week since Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage was rejected, clerks in all 15 counties say they have issued at least one marriage license to a same-sex couple - some to hundreds. And at $76 a pop, state coffers may already have taken in more than $20,000 in license fees. ... Read more»

Pima County issuing licenses after judge OKs gay marriage in Az

A federal judge has ruled that Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. State Attorney General Tom Horne said county clerks of court can "issue licenses for same-sex marriages immediately." Pima County began doing so Friday morning.... Read more»3

Court overturns law denying bail to immigrant felony suspects

The divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the voter-approved ban on bail violates suspects' due-process rights. But one of the dissenting judges said that throwing out a law overwhelmingly approved by state voters "leaves Arizona nowhere to turn." ... Read more»

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