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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»

Maricopa County Attorney says new DHS policies won't change local immigration enforcement tactics

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday that the Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement memo released earlier this week will not change how local law enforcement officers handle immigration in the near future.... Read more»

Arizona voting rights advocates see little change, but hope for future

Arizona may have made headlines in 2016 when voters had to wait hours in the sun just to vote in the presidential preference election, but advocates in the state said problems with voting are nothing new to them.... Read more»3

Arpaio asks appeals court to void contempt case

Joe Arpaio, the Arizona lawman who drew prominence for his hard-line stance against illegal immigration but lost his bid for a seventh term, has asked a federal appeals court to throw out a civil contempt case against him — a finding based on Arpaio's violations of court orders in a racial profiling case. He also faces a criminal contempt trial.... Read more»

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Goodbye to posse is ‘last hurrah’

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio stood in a cold parking lot outside Park Central Mall on Monday evening and presided over one of his last press conferences. The 84-year-old sheriff, who is facing criminal contempt charges over his continuing racial profiling despite a court order, lost a re-election bid after 24 years in office.... Read more»

3/4 of uncounted Az ballots are in Maricopa County

There are more than 672,000 ballots left to be added to the count from Tuesday's election in Arizona, with more than 75 percent of them in Maricopa County, state officials said Wednesday. There are about 48,000 uncounted early and provisional ballots in Pima County, with 470,000 uncounted in the Phoenix area.... Read more»

Democrat Paul Penzone unseats Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

After holding the position of Maricopa County Sheriff for more than two decades, Joe Arpaio has lost his seat to Democrat Paul Penzone. It was a stunning defeat for a Republican sheriff who has enjoyed both local and national popularity – and notoriety – for years.... Read more»

Study: Number of Az polling places cut sharply since 2012

When Arizona voters go to the polls Tuesday, it will be at 212 fewer polling places than in 2012, with 13 of the state’s 15 counties cutting sites in that time, a new report shows.... Read more»

Az county officials: Early ballot surge may signal high election turnout

Some Arizona county elections officials said they expect high voter turnout this November after receiving a surge of early ballots this week.... Read more»

Advocates worry Az rape kit backlog will discourage victims, enable offenders

A state task force said Arizona has thousands more untested rape kits than originally thought, a problem that advocates fear could undermine efforts to get victims to come forward while giving serial offenders a “free pass.”... Read more»

Despite premium increases, feds forecast 1 million more Obamacare signups

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell predicted Wednesday that 13.8 million people will sign up for Obamacare when open enrollment begins Nov. 1, even though they will face fewer options and higher premiums in states like Arizona.... Read more»

Man accused in Phx I-10 shootings sues Arizona, Maricopa County

A man formerly charged with a string of Phoenix-area freeway shootings has sued the state and county, claiming he was falsely arrested and imprisoned for crimes he did not commit. Leslie Merritt Jr. says he was a victim of "malicious prosecution" as authorities aggressively tried to pin him to four of the 11 shootings that terrorized drivers last year. ... Read more»

Court grants new hearing for pregnant Maricopa inmate shackled during labor

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a former Maricopa County jail inmate can sue the office of Sheriff Joe Arpaio for shackling her while she was in labor and as she left the hospital after giving birth.... Read more»

Democrats settle with Arizona officials in suit over primary voting problems

The DNC has settled part of a federal lawsuit over the actions of Arizona poll officials during the presidential primary that caused voters long waits and critics said disenfranchised some, especially minorities. ... Read more»

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