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FactChecking Trump’s State of the Union

The president exaggerates his accomplishments in his address to Congress.... Read more»

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Supreme Court rejects appeal of Az's longest-serving death-row inmate

The Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a repeat murderer and rapist who has been on Arizona’s death row for 40 years for a string of grisly crimes in Maricopa County.... Read more»

Judge blocks Trump administration from ending DACA

A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from ending DACA, the Obama-era program that shielded about 788,000 young people from deportation. Ruling that plaintiffs may succeed in showing the reasons for ending the program were based on a "flawed legal premise," the injunction forces officials to continue accepting renewals past a March 5 deadline. ... Read more»

Suspect evidence informed a momentous Supreme Court Decision on criminal sentencing

The U.S. Sentencing Commission helped send more people to prison for longer terms. It’s a shame it was created to address a nonexistent crisis. Here’s how the Supreme Court got misled.... Read more»

Justices grapple with baker’s denial of service to same-sex couple

Supreme Court justices wrestled Tuesday with the line between art and commerce in the case of a Colorado baker who said making a wedding cake for a same-sex couple would violate his First Amendment rights.... Read more»

Supreme Court won’t hear Az case on custody fight over tribal kids

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an Arizona case that pitted a non-Indian mother and Indian father against one another in a fight for custody of their children.... Read more»

Buyer beware: Experts say home sellers don’t have to disclose murders, hauntings

Sellers in Arizona must disclose certain aspects of a property, including things like mold, termites and roof damage. A haunted house, however, is not in the mix.... Read more»

It’s a fact: Supreme Court errors aren't hard to find

A review adds fuel to a longstanding worry about the nation’s highest court: The justices can botch the truth, sometimes in cases of great import.... Read more»

A lawyer’s weapon against farm worker complaints: Deportation

In at least seven cases where workers accused his clients of mistreatment, attorney Anthony Raimondo asked immigration authorities if they would like to arrest the complainants.... Read more»1

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»

What the Devil won't tell you

Stuff costs money: Tuition suit could stiff Az's whole university system

Arizona's conservatives have blown up the collectivist model of tax funding in favor of a user-pays model for higher education. Now they don't want the user to pay, either. Ideology comes with a cost because eventually it escapes the court of public opinion – or the court of law – and runs headlong into reality.... 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»

Guest opinion

Kozachik: Ruling on Tucson gun policy undermines cities' local sovereignty

From Councilman Steve Kozachik: "Every city and town in this state lost its sovereignty through this decision. That means to me that every constituent I represent across this city has now seen our ability to establish local laws that reflect the values of this community placed at risk."... Read more»3

Az Supreme Court orders Tucson to stop destroying guns

Tucson cannot destroy confiscated guns, because it violates a state law against local governments regulating the weapons, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday.... Read more»

Documenting hate

A stealth history lesson in Baltimore

The city’s removal of Confederate statues in the dead of night was Baltimore’s latest attempt to make peace with the ghosts of the Civil War. ... Read more»

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