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A federal appeals court upheld death-row inmates Robert Lee Walden’s convictions in the rapes of three Tucson woman within weeks of each other in 1991, and the murder of one of his victims. It rejected Walden’s claims that he should have been tried separately for each crime and that police influenced witnesses in the case.

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»

U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver, a Clinton appointee, issued the fine based upon 22 standards prison officials failed to implement, at $50,000 per violation.

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»

U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa of Arizona testifies Wednesday via teleconference for a hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. Humetewa said more judges are needed to address legal needs for a rapidly growing Arizona population.

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»

People wait in line at Morley Pedestrian crossing in Nogales, Sonora.

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»