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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 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»

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»

Former inmates still pay for crimes, even after they pay debt to society

After serving seven years behind bars for securities fraud, Sue Ellen Allen walked out of Perryville Women’s prison in Glendale on March 19, 2009. But even as she walked away, prison followed her. Even as she tried to start a new life, she always had to “check the box” that said she had been convicted of a crime.... Read more»1

Judge nixes Republican case to overturn City Council election

A Superior Court judge ruled Monday against a request by a pair of Republican candidates who sought to be declared the winners of last month's Tucson election. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»

Court hears GOP suit to overturn City Council election

A Superior Court judge will rule within a week on a lawsuit by a pair of Republican candidates who are seeking to be declared the winners of last month's Tucson election. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»

City Council appeals 9th Circuit election ruling

The City Council voted Tuesday to appeal last week's ruling of a 9th Circuit panel that found Tucson's election system unconstitutional. The Council also discussed moving ahead with putting changes to elections on the ballot for voter approval.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Despite GOP lawsuit, judge's ruling seems to favor city-wide elections

The shark has just poked his head out of the waves and watched the Pima County Republican Party sail over his head on water skis. The party that refused to mount a full-fledged campaign and has called city elections "Jim Crow" oppression now wants to sue incumbents Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott out of a job.... Read more»9

Republicans sue to be declared Council winners

Even though they lost the city-wide vote, two of the three GOP candidates for City Council are asking a judge to declare them the winners, based on a 9th Circuit ruling that Tucson's elections are unconstitutional. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»1

9th Circuit: Tucson's 'unusual' elections are unconstitutional

Sending the case back to a lower court, a panel of federal judges has ruled that Tucson's "odd" system of electing its City Council violates the principle of "one person, one vote." The 9th Circuit released the 2-1 decision Tuesday. The city is likely to appeal.... Read more»

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»

Commentary

Justice can be blind, but it also can be phony

Judges are reassuring figures. Their dispassionate approach, caution and knowledge of the law bolster our confidence in America’s cherished system of justice. Except when they point out why much of that confidence is misplaced. Or advise us that, as Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski puts it, “Although we pretend otherwise, much of what we do in the law is guesswork.”... 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»