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Convicted ex-congressman Renzi's last-ditch appeal turned down

Former Arizona Rep. Rick Renzi will continue to serve out his sentence in federal prison for extortion and other charges stemming from a land-swap deal, after the Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal on Monday. Renzi, who represented Arizona's 1st District from 2003 to 2009, was convicted in 2013 on conspiracy, extortion and money laundering charges and is serving a 36-month sentence.... Read more»

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Conviction, death sentence upheld in 2001 Navajo double-murder

An appeals court Friday upheld a federal death-row inmate’s conviction and sentence in the grisly 2001 beating and stabbing murders of a woman and her 9-year-old granddaughter on the Navajo Nation.... Read more»

High Court strikes down Gilbert sign law, sides with pastor

The Supreme Court Thursday sided with a Gilbert pastor who said the town’s sign restrictions were infringing on his First Amendment rights.... Read more»

Appeals court upholds use of GPS evidence in border arrest trial

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a Google Earth map generated from GPS coordinates of an arrest was not hearsay and could be admitted in the trial of a man accused of entering the country illegally.... Read more»

Court rules against Az death-row inmate who filed appeal one day late

A federal appeals court Wednesday rejected the plea of an Arizona death row inmate, saying it could not overlook the fact that one of his appeals was filed one day beyond the deadline.... Read more»5

Appeals court OKs Az’s English-immersion program for students

A federal appeals court Monday upheld a lower court ruling that said Arizona’s system for educating English-language learners does not violate the federal Equal Educational Opportunities Act.... Read more»

Supreme Court: Arizona can't deny bail to immigrants

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to intervene in a case that overturned Arizona’s voter-approved ban on bail for criminal defendants who are in this country illegally.... Read more»

Court: Fire insurance may cover mudslide damage after Wallow Fire

A federal appeals court Friday ordered a new hearing for an Apache County homeowner who said her fire insurance policy should cover damages from a mudslide that destroyed her home after the 2011 Wallow wildfire.... Read more»

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»

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

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