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Court upholds state’s rules for political parties to get on the ballot

A federal appeals court Friday upheld the state’s process for recognizing political parties, rejecting claims by the Arizona Green Party that the petition deadline for new parties posed an unconstitutional burden. ... Read more»

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Court: Medicaid patients who sued over state plan can recover lawyers’ fees

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a group of Arizona Medicaid recipients who sued the government after it approved higher copayments for their care should still be able to recover attorneys’ fees in the case.... Read more»

Court grants new hearing for pregnant Maricopa inmate shackled during labor

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a former Maricopa County jail inmate can sue the office of Sheriff Joe Arpaio for shackling her while she was in labor and as she left the hospital after giving birth.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

GOP challenge to Tucson elections goes South, again

It didn't take Nostradamus to foresee an 11-judge federal court panel upholding Tucson's hybrid election system and cashiering Tucson Republicans' hopes for a court fix to their political woes. When it comes to equal protection, all Tucson voters are equally privileged or equally screwed, the judges ruled.... Read more»

Feds reverse conviction, citing ‘rat’s nest’ of tribal court problems

A divided federal appeals court has overturned the assault conviction of a Gila River Indian Community man, saying the tribal court failed to tell him he could get a trial by jury – if he asked.... Read more»

9th Circuit rejects Cochise County man’s challenge of sex-offender registry

A federal court Friday upheld a Cochise County man’s conviction for failing to register as a sex offender, even though the state’s sex-offender registry law was passed the year after his sexual misconduct conviction.... Read more»

Tucson’s hybrid city elections upheld by full 9th Circuit

A federal appeals court reaffirmed Tucson’s hybrid city election system, rejecting Republican claims that it violates the one-person, one-vote principle. The full 9th Circuit said Tucson's elections – in which Council members are nominated by ward and run at-large in the general election – is allowed under the federal system that “permits ‘innovation and experimentation.’”... Read more»1

U.S. prosecutors dealt setback in medical marijuana cases

The U.S. Department of Justice cannot spend money to prosecute federal marijuana cases if the defendants comply with state guidelines that permit the drug's sale for medical purposes, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. ... Read more»

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»

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

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