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Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills.

After the Arizona attorney general last year refused to defend a new law making it a crime to take video of police officers in some situations, the law’s author is back with a proposal that would require the state’s top attorney to defend every law. Read more»

In January 2020, the number of people experiencing homelessness in the state was nearly 11,000 and by Dec. 2021, the number was  estimated to have increased by nearly 30%, according to the Arizona Department of Economic Security. 

A pair of bills proposed by Fountain Hills Republican John Kavanagh that would criminalize common activities for people experiencing homelessness had their first hearings in the Arizona Senate Wednesday, although their path to becoming law remains unclear. Read more»

Greg Miraglia is the founder of Out to Protect, an organization that aims to improve relations between police and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals while increasing awareness of LGBTQ professionals in law enforcement.

Out to Protect works to support LGBTQ police officers and trains departments on better ways to treat people who are LGBTQ in an effort to reach communities that struggle with a relationship with law enforcement. Read more»

George Santos speaking at the Nassau County Republican Committee meeting.

As reports of Rep. George Santos extensive lies grow amidst reports he claimed to have founded and run a fake nonprofit animal rescue group, they highlight the serious problem of fake charities - scams that divert donations that would otherwise support legitimate causes. Read more»

Criminal charges against former Tucson police officer Ryan Remington — who who shot and killed a man in a motorized wheelchair during a confrontation over shoplifting in Nov. 2021 — were dismissed Tuesday after a new grand jury did not indict him. Read more»

Donald Trump at a town hall meeting in Derry, N.H.

A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit against former President Trump that stems from an allegedly nonconsensual sexual encounter in the 1990s and upheld a New York law that gives survivors a one-year window to file claims otherwise barred by the statute of limitations.   Read more»

Donald Trump and the Trump Organization separately face a looming $250 million civil suit, stemming from allegations the company routinely manipulated asset valuations and inflated Trump’s net worth by billions of dollars. 

Found criminally liable for a tax evasion scheme at trial, former President Donald Trump’s real estate companies were ordered to split a $1.6 million fine, the maximum possible penalty for a corporate entity. Read more»

The 2020 Bureau of Justice Statistics report showed tribal jail incarceration rates steadily increased by 60 percent since 2000.

Native American people are incarcerated at rates up to seven times higher than white people in the United States, are overrepresented in the prison population in 19 states and are sentenced more harshly compared to white, African American and Hispanic people. Read more»

The appointment of a special counsel comes less than two months after the attorney general named another special counsel to oversee the handling of classified materials by former President Donald Trump.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that he is appointing a special counsel to investigate classified documents discovered in the Delaware home and former office of President Joe Biden. Read more»

A pascola dance ramada scene and informational panels now reside at the Pascua Yaqui Tribe's Itom Mahtawa'apo Community Education and Cultural Center, having been moved from the Arizona State Museum.

Many institutions continue to hold Indigenous remains, funerary objects and cultural items — and in some cases resist their return despite the 1990 passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Read more»

The new order requires Arizona to overhaul its medical and mental healthcare staffing and screening standards, create systems and plans to improve isolation housing and create route back to lower security levels for those inside. 

A U.S. District Judge has ordered the Arizona Department of Corrections to make “substantial” changes to its staffing and facility operations after determining that prison conditions represent an “unconstitutional substantial risk of serious harm” to people in the state’s custody.  Read more»

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador greets U.S. President Joe Biden upon arrival in Mexico City on Sunday, Jan 8, 2023, ahead of the 2023 North American Leaders' Summit in this photo posted to López Obrador's Twitter account.

Although they touted common goals at the North American Leader’s Summit in Mexico City Tuesday, the presidents of Mexico and the United States revealed that their priorities are still not as aligned as their discourses try to make them appear. Read more»

A late-2021 strategy to include the syndication-killer language in Biden’s Build Back Better bill had unraveled at the hands of Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, then a Democrat, who demanded that it be stripped out as a condition of her critical vote to win passage of the larger measure.

The recently signed $1.7 trillion spending bill could accomplish what six years of IRS audits and DOJ prosecutions could not: shutting down “syndicated conservation easements” that exploit a charitable tax break meant to preserve open land. Read more»

Protesters outside the Pima County Jail in February 2022.

A 26-year-old Tucson man, Yunan Tutu, being held at the Pima County Jail pending restoration to "competency" to stand trial, was found dead Tuesday by a doctor after guards reported he was not eating. Sources told the Sentinel that Tutu had been "eating feces for a couple of months." Read more»

The Pima County Board of Supervisors appointed Daniel Rowland to fill the position of constable of Justice Precinct 1 after struggling to find candidates as officials seek to make changes in the constables' office. Read more»

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