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Court rejects Arizona’s challenge to EPA-imposed emissions rules

The Environmental Protection Agency was within its rights to impose certain standards on industrial sites in Arizona in place of state rules meant to ensure visibility in federal parks, a federal appeals court ruled.... Read more»

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9th Circuit rejects cases on Navajo Generating Station impact & closing

A federal appeals court rejected two cases related to the Navajo Generating Station, one that aimed to tighten environmental restrictions on the coal-fired power plant and another questioned the process that calls for the plant’s closure.... Read more»

Tucson city election system will stand, after Supreme Court rejects GOP appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand an appeals court ruling that said Tucson’s hybrid election system – primaries by ward and general elections at-large – does not infringe on the right to vote by city residents. The denial ends two-year court battle by Republican critics.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Supreme Court tells Tucson Republicans to 'play ball'

As the Supreme Court denies a GOP appeal of a ruling that upheld Tucson's system of electing City Council members, it's back to the campaign trail for local Republicans and I will offer the “Red Team” advice because I'm the columnist who cares. ... Read more»

Judges say plan to split 9th Circuit could backfire, spark court delays

Judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals criticized plans to split the massive Western circuit in two, telling a House committee Thursday that doing so would cost taxpayers money while slowing down the judicial process.... Read more»

Court overturns re-entry conviction for man arrested in Nogales port

Rosario Vazquez-Hernandez was washing windows of cars waiting at the Mariposa Port of Entry, as he did most days, when Border Patrol agents grabbed him on charges that he was attempting to re-enter the U.S. illegally in 2014.... Read more»

Arizona inmate had right to confidential mail with lawyer, court rules

Prisoners’ rights to confidential communication with their attorneys includes the right to watch jailers open some mail in front of them to make sure it’s not being read, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.... Read more»1

9th Circuit: Maricopa County worker’s talk with reporter was not protected speech

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office did not violate the First Amendment rights or employee contract of a former worker it terminated following comments she made to the Arizona Republic.... Read more»

Appeals court rejects Trump's appeal over travel ban

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit refused to reinstate President Trump's executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., rejecting claims that courts could not review Trump's orders. A federal judge blocked enforcement of the measure last week.... Read more»

Court won’t reconsider ruling OKing driver’s licenses for DACA recipients

A divided federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its April 2016 ruling that Arizona cannot deny driver’s licenses to DACA recipients, despite dissenting judges saying the court should address “a fundamental question of presidential power.”... Read more»

Appeals court upholds conviction of lookout for border drug smugglers

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a spotter for a group of border drug smugglers, rejecting his argument that his confession was coerced and the government had not presented enough evidence for a conviction.... Read more»

Court: Ministers cannot avoid income taxes with vow of poverty

A federal appeals court said that the owners of an Arizona ministry cannot avoid paying income taxes by claiming they had taken vows of poverty and were merely being supported by donations to their church.... Read more»

Court reinstates excessive-force suit against UA cop

A federal appeals court Monday reinstated an excessive force lawsuit against a University of Arizona police officer who shot a woman four times as she walked toward another woman while carrying a kitchen knife.... Read more»

Supreme Court lets Az ballot-harvesting ban stand, caps week of legal battles

The U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday reinstated Arizona’s ban on ballot-harvesting, just one day after the 9th Circuit put the law on hold. Citics – some who rushed into the brief window Friday to collect ballots – have argued that allowing the law to be enforced would handicap minority and low-income voting efforts.... Read more»

Court rejects second Democratic challenge to Arizona voting laws

A federal appeals court handed Arizona Democrats their second defeat in a week Wednesday, refusing to block a state law that lets elections officials reject ballots cast by people who were not at their assigned polling place.... Read more»

Court won’t block ballot-collection law opponents say hurts minorities

A federal appeals court handed Arizona Democrats a setback Friday, refusing to block a new state law that makes it a felony for anyone but a family member or caregiver to collect another person’s mail-in ballot. ... Read more»

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