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Weapons conviction reversed for immigrant caught near Green Valley

A federal appeals court Monday overturned the firearms conviction of an illegal immigrant who was caught near Green Valley in 2012 with guns, cell phones, a large supply of food and a radio scanner. A new hearing has been ordered.... Read more»1

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Court upholds 5-year bomb-possession sentence for Tucson man

A federal appeals court Monday upheld a Tucson man’s sentence for possession of 24 homemade bombs that were found in his house in 2011. Todd Fries had argued that the sentencing judge should not have considered his previous convictions on chemical weapons use and making false statements to the FBI.... Read more»

Commentary

Arizona's drivers license denials invite questions of racism

“Does it come down to racism?” That is a question Latino groups and others have asked in relation to Arizona’s obsession in trying to deny driver’s licenses to legally eligible undocumented immigrants. Only this time, the pointed question was coming from a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judge.... Read more»1

Evidence of police dishonesty leads to overturned convictions nationwide

Maybe Debra Jean Milke masterminded the murder of her son Christopher in Phoenix just before Christmas 1989 to collect the four-year-old's $5,000 life insurance policy. Or maybe – as Milke has insisted – she was just the innocent victim of a corrupt cop with a proven pattern of lying.... Read more»

Court orders new hearing in asset seizures from human-smuggling probe

A federal appeals court Thursday ordered a new hearing for two people who claim Arizona prosecutors unconstitutionally seized money transfers from them as part of an investigation into human smuggling.... Read more»

Arizona in court over licenses for Dreamers, again

Federal judges will once again consider whether Arizona must provide driver's licenses to young adult immigrants known as "Dreamers." ... Read more»

Court restores conviction, redefining who is Indian in the process

A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated the conviction of a Gila River tribal member under the Indian Major Crimes Act, redefining its rule for determining who is and is not Indian in the process.... Read more»

9th Circuit upholds parts of TUSD ethnic studies ban

A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld much of the controversial Arizona law that targeted TUSD's Mexican American Studies program. The three-judge panel ordered the case back to district court for a hearing on whether the law is discriminatory.... Read more»9

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»

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»

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