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Tossing unsigned ballots on Election Day is OK, Arizona tells 9th Circuit

During an appeal stemming from a June 2020 lawsuit, attorneys for the state and the Republican Party told a three-judge Ninth Circuit panel a federal judge erred when he blocked Arizona county recorders from throwing out unsigned ballots at the end of Election Day.... Read more»

Court rejects death-row inmate’s appeal in 1991 Tucson rapes, murder

A federal appeals court upheld the convictions of an Arizona death-row inmate for the rapes of three Tucson women, one of whom was murdered, over the course of several weeks in 1991. ... Read more»

Arizona fined $1.1 million over failure of prison health care

A federal judge Wednesday fined Arizona $1.1 million for contempt stemming from its failure to comply with a 2014 settlement over the health care of inmates in the state’s prisons, the second such fine for the state since 2018. Prisoners and whistleblowers testified to nurses withholding medicine, cancer patients who were not treated, and guards who slept on the job while guarding prisoners on suicide watch.... Read more»

Judge tells lawmakers Arizona federal courts are overloaded, overworked

A bipartisan group of lawmakers held a meeting of a House Judiciary subcommittee with oversight on the U.S. courts to consider the excessive caseloads that plague judges across the United States, particularly in the Ninth Circuit. The hearing came three years after the Judicial Conference recommended to Congress that at least five new judgeships be created for the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.... Read more»

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White House delivered terrible day in trio of federal immigration lawsuits

The Trump administration faced a trio of losses in federal courts Friday, as judges blocked plans to fast-track deportations, undo a long-standing agreement on the detention of migrant children, and barred the agency from relying on a flawed database to detain people held by local law enforcement.... Read more»