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Court vacates sentence for teen gang member given life without parole

A divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that since Riley Briones Jr.’s sentencing in 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court has banned life without parole except for “the rarest” of juveniles who are permanently incorrigible.... Read more»

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Trump vows Census will ask citizenship; critics decry 'scare tactics'

President Donald Trump vowed Wednesday that his administration is “absolutely moving forward” with a push to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, just hours after the Census Bureau said it would not do so.... Read more»

Supreme Court rejects – for now – citizenship question on 2020 Census

The Supreme Court handed a temporary victory Thursday to opponents of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, saying the government will have to go back and make a better case in lower courts if it wants to include the question.... Read more»

9 candidates vie for Arizona Supreme Court post; comments wanted

Public input sought as Gov. Ducey, commission mull candidates for Arizona Supreme Court. Ducey has already appointed more state justices than any governor in Arizona history.... Read more»

Nogales cross-border shooting lawsuit likely to turn on ruling in Texas case

Two federal circuit courts reached different conclusions over the right of foreign nationals on foreign soil to sue the U.S. government over civil rights violations. Now the Supreme Court will settle the issue.... Read more»

Supreme Court to hear Az murder appeal that could affect 20 death-row cases

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will hear the appeal of an Arizona death-row inmate who claims state courts wrongly used old law to reaffirm his death sentences for two 1991 murders.... Read more»

The winners and losers in Arizona’s $11.8 billion budget

Arizona’s $11.8 billion budget for fiscal 2020 — which was passed late Monday only after Republican lawmakers demanded changes to child sex-abuse laws — includes money for schools, infrastructure and health care. But other measures, including one that would have funded pregnancy crisis centers, were left out.... Read more»

Arizona justices find cannabis extracts legal for medical pot patients

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that state law protects the manufacture and use of cannabis concentrates, not just the plant itself. ... Read more»

Analysis

Can the census ask if you’re a citizen? Here’s what’s at stake in the Supreme Court battle over the 2020 census

For the first time in decades, the 2020 census might include a question asking whether or not each counted person is a citizen.... Read more»

Ex-felons face long odds, long wait to restore voting rights

In 2016 about 221,170 Arizonans were unable to vote due to felony convictions, according to The Sentencing Project, a criminal justice advocacy group. ... Read more»

Supreme Court will review Texas cross-border shooting; Nogales case hangs in balance

The outcome of a lawsuit filed by the family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, a Mexican teenager killed in a 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales, hinges on a similar court case from Texas that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this fall. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Another 'presto, change-o' state tax on local government explained

When the state of Arizona runs into budget troubles, it rolls things downhill and makes counties pay for them. These are tax increases magically imposed by the state with fast, tricky hands. This is a column about the politics of who pays, who doesn't and who looks good doing it.... Read more»

Supreme Court turns down Arpaio, who vows fight to vacate conviction

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio vowed Monday to continue the fight to clear his name of a criminal contempt of court conviction, after the Supreme Court rejected his challenge of an appeals court ruling.... Read more»

Trump admin asks Supreme Court to rule families can't sue in cross-border shooting cases

Lawyers for the Trump administration argued that the families of two boys shot and killed in cross-border shootings — including one in Nogales — by U.S. Border Patrol agents should not be able to sue in U.S. courts. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Scotus 2020: Detention OK provides clear view of stakes for Dems

Everything we need to know about the 2020 election pops into focus with the Supreme Court ruling upholding a lousy law from the days when Democrats insisted on proving they were tough.... Read more»

Supreme Court upholds law denying bail to some undocumented immigrants

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that some undocumented immigrants can be held without bail, possibly years after they have committed a deportable crime, while authorities determine their deportation status.... Read more»

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