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Legal experts: Trump has broad power to implement immigration policies

Trump will be able to make many of his promised changes in immigration policy unilaterally by exercising the same executive powers he criticized President Obama for using, but fully implementing them would require funding that Congress would have to approve.... Read more»

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Ducey names 2 to expanded Arizona Supreme Court

Gov. Doug Ducey announced his picks Monday for two additional justices of the state's highest court — which was expanded to seven seats this year in what some derided as a court-packing plan. Tapped were Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Andrew W. Gould and Arizona Solicitor General John R. Lopez.... Read more»

Undocumented immigrants fear what Trump will do to 'sanctuary cities'

It’s not yet clear whether, or how, the Trump administration could make good on a promise to end "sanctuary cities." But the simple fact that he says he’ll try is enough to terrify many undocumented immigrants in Texas. ... Read more»1

Immigration hardliner says Trump team preparing plans for wall, mulling Muslim registry

Kris Kobach, an architect of anti-immigration efforts — including SB 1070 — who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval. ... Read more»

Maricopa GOP to poll watchers: Follow & photograph voters if fraud suspected

Democrats who have become increasingly worried about voter intimidation at the polls say local Republicans could find themselves on the wrong side of the law, after a poll watching training led by the Maricopa County GOP. Republican activists were told to follow and photograph voters they suspect of breaking an Arizona law banning “ballot harvesting.”... 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»

Supreme Court orders new sentencing hearings for 5 Arizona teen killers

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered Arizona courts to reconsider the life-without-parole sentences handed down to five juveniles who were convicted in separate cases on a total of nine murders and other crimes in the 1990s. ... Read more»

9th Circuit will hold off on Nogales cross-border shooting case, pending Supreme Court decision

The civil rights lawsuit by the family of a Mexican teenager killed in a 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales remains in limbo after the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco decided to wait for a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on a similar case from Texas. ... Read more»

Arizona execution procedures face review in U.S. court

A federal judge in Phoenix will hear arguments this week about resuming executions in Arizona, where a 2014 lethal injection that took nearly two hours raised questions about the state's death chamber protocols and the chemicals it uses to kill inmates.... Read more»

Court's immigration ruling could affect Texas 'sanctuary city' debate

A decision last month by a federal judge in Illinois undercutting a major tool the federal government uses to deport criminal immigrants could ripple across the country, changing how local jails hold people thought to be in the country illegally.... Read more»

Supreme Court agrees to hear cross-border shooting case

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday it would consider a controversial Texas case involving a cross-border shooting that ended with the death of a 15-year-old boy at the hands of a Border Patrol agent.... Read more»

Supreme Court begins term with relatively few Arizona cases – so far

The high court began its new term this week with one judgeship empty for the first time in a generation, and just one Arizona case on the docket for the first time in several years.... Read more»

Supreme Court denies Obama request to rehear immigration case

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined the Obama administration's request to reconsider a controversial immigration program that would have let millions of undocumented immigrants stay in the country legally.... Read more»

Is stop-and-frisk unconstitutional?

People had a lot of questions about the police practice known as “stop-and-frisk” after the first presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. ... Read more»

Advocates, Arizona settle federal lawsuit over SB1070

Advocates and Arizona officials have agreed to restrict the remaining parts of Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law SB 1070, ending a lawsuit that began in 2010. Police officers cannot prolong a stop solely to conduct immigration checks and cannot use race or ethnicity as a basis to suspect that someone is in the country without authorization. ... Read more»1

AZ Supreme Court OKs police pay for on-the-clock union work

The Arizona State Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that paying police officers while they did work for the police union does not violate the state constitution.... Read more»

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