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Joe Arpaio, convicted & pardoned ex-sheriff, declares Senate run

Joe Arpaio, the ex-Maricopa County Sheriff who lost a 2016 re-election bid and was found guilty of criminal contempt in a racial-profiling case before being pardoned by President Trump, said he's seeking a U.S. Senate seat.... Read more»

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The most important border stories of 2017

While much of our coverage was based on the raucous actions of the Trump administration, TucsonSentinel.com delved into some hidden corners of the borderlands, including a story about a decorated Marine who faces deportation despite being a U.S. citizen, a story that uses documents that describe how the ex-governor of Sonora may have been linked to a cocaine smuggler, and the trial of a Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager. ... Read more»

9th Circuit: BP must provide blankets to detained immigrants

Border Patrol officials must provide sleeping mats and blanket to immigrants held in detention for more than 12 hours, a federal appeals court ruled, rejecting government arguments that the requirements were too" rigid" and "burdensome." ... Read more»

Court hears appeals on 1st Amendment case over Arivaca checkpoint

The 9th Circuit heard arguments Tuesday in a suit that accuses Border Patrol agents of violating the First Amendment rights of a group attempting to observe one of the agency's checkpoints in Southern Arizona.... Read more»

New Tucson Sector BP chief wants to shift agents to border, add more technology

After six weeks on the job, the new chief of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector said he wants to shift agents closer to the border, and work closely with Mexican officials to keep illegal traffic, including drugs and people, from reaching the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

Judge accepts Arpaio pardon, vacates conviction

Judge Susan Bolton accepted President Trump's pardon of ex-Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and dismissed his conviction for criminal contempt on Wednesday.... Read more»3

Judge orders gov't to explain why Arpaio conviction should be tossed out

Saying the existing case law doesn't support erasing the conviction of ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the federal judge who found him guilty of criminal contempt has asked government lawyers to explain why they are backing the former lawman's request to completely vacate the case after he was pardoned.... Read more»

Trump's DOJ agrees with Arpaio on vacating ex-sheriff's criminal conviction

The Justice Department filed papers Monday with the federal judge who convicted ex-Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio, supporting a bid by defense attorneys to vacate his criminal conviction in the wake of a pardon by President Trump. A friend of the court brief said the pardon was "unconstitutional" and that the conviction should stand.... Read more»

Arizona lawmakers weigh in on case pitting gay rights, religious rights

Three Arizona lawmakers were among the scores of House and Senate members who filed a court brief Thursday defending the Colorado cake shop owner who was sued for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.... Read more»

DACA supporters protest in Tucson following Trump's move to end program

Furious with the cancellation of DACA, 150 people protested at Tucson City Hall on Tuesday, vowing to "resist" the Trump administration and push lawmakers to protect thousands from deportation. ... Read more»

Trump administration: DACA ending in March

The Trump administration ordered an end Tuesday to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama action that shields about 788,000 people from deportation, and pushed Congress to replace the policy with a legislative fix before March 5, 2018. ... Read more»

Phoenix launches independent investigation of police response to Trump rally protest

The city is hiring an outside firm to conduct an independent review of the controversial police response to protesters after last week’s presidential rally.... Read more»

Trump pardons ex-Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio

President Trump pardoned former sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday, allowing the ex-lawman to walk free despite facing sentencing for his conviction on criminal contempt charges in a racial profiling case. Arpaio did not immediately indicate if he would accept the pardon, which "carries an imputation of guilt" under the law.... Read more»1

Phoenix promises 'thorough' review of police response after Trump rally

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said Wednesday the city’s police department will conduct a “thorough and transparent” review of the police response after President Donald Trump’s downtown rally Tuesday night.... Read more»

Trump returning to Phoenix for rally next week

On the heels of a troublesome week, President Trump will return to the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday for a political rally — the same place he effusively declared a year ago that Mexico would pay for an "impenetrable, powerful, solid southern border wall." Trump has hinted at a pardon for Joe Arpaio, and may endorse a challenge to Sen. Flake.... Read more»

Law enforcement predicts asset seizures won’t be curbed by reforms

Despite being hailed as a landmark series of reforms by proponents, law enforcement officials from around the state say changes enacted this year to Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture program won’t do much to curb the ability of police to seize cash and property from those they suspect of breaking the law.... Read more»1

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