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A new income tax approved by voters in November violates the state constitution and should be blocked, attorneys for a group of Republican lawmakers argued Tuesday before the Arizona Supreme Court. Read more»

Danny Seiden.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s board of directors selected Danny Seiden, an attorney and former aide to Gov. Doug Ducey, as its new chief on Thursday. Read more»

First-time offenders who commit multiple felonies on different dates will get lighter sentences after Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation similar to a bill he vetoed two years ago. Read more»

House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa.

House Speaker Rusty Bowers is taking another shot at passing legislation making it easier for some people to get their names off the state's sex offender registry. Read more»

The new Legislature brings new opportunities for a criminal justice reform movement that’s stalled out at the Capitol over the past couple years — and perhaps some new obstacles, as well. Read more»


The controversial top prosecutor in Maricopa County, Bill Montgomery, was named to the Arizona Supreme Court by Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday — a day after allegations of a cover-up of misconduct in his office were filed. Read more»

Shot in the Dark volunteers work to provide drug users with clean needles, educational materials, treatment referrals and more in an effort to stop the spread of diseases that can come with needle sharing. They say they’re committed to the work, even though they operate in a legal gray area.

While the debate around laws that would allow clean needle exchange programs to operate legally in Arizona continues, one organization continues working in a legal gray area to help stop the spread of disease. Read more»

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to the way Arizona decides which criminals can be sentenced to death, a process critics say is so broad that virtually every convicted murderer is eligible for execution. Read more»

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said his office will likely appeal a federal court ruling that the county acted improperly when it got a wiretap as part of a 2011 investigation.

A federal appeals court ruled last week that Maricopa County prosecutors who used state law to get a wiretap as part of a 2011 investigation may have run afoul of federal wiretap laws in the process. Read more»

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said the Department of Homeland Security’s recent memoranda regarding immigration would not change the operations of local law enforcement.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday that the Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement memo released earlier this week will not change how local law enforcement officers handle immigration in the near future. Read more»

The Supreme Court said Arizona courts need to reconsider life without parole sentences for five inmates who were still teens when they committed their crimes, to determine if the crimes were the result of “transient immaturity” or the work of “those rare children” who are truly incorrigible.

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered Arizona courts to reconsider the life-without-parole sentences handed down to five juveniles who were convicted in separate cases on a total of nine murders and other crimes in the 1990s. Read more»

One of the challenges facing the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is to convince recreational drinkers that recreational toking is somehow a moral equivalent. It's not. Americans are better served in edge-abatement by somebody sparking up a joint than that guy slamming down the eighth shot of Jägermeister. Read more»

An Apple iPhone 6s sits on the steps of the Maricopa County Administration building in Phoenix. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that it will no longer issue iPhones to new employees or as upgrades to existing devices in wake of the legal battle between Apple and the FBI surrounding the investigation of the shooting in San Bernardino in late 2015.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday it will stop distributing iPhones to employees in the wake of a national legal battle between Apple and the FBI. Read more»

Blythe Huestis is the dispensary manager for Natural Selections in Cave Creek, which carries a variety of marijuana products from bud to edibles.

When Arizona voters approved medical marijuana in 2010, the traditionally conservative state did so tentatively: The “yes” campaign garnered 50.1 percent of the vote. Now, pro-legalization groups have once again targeted Arizona as a state that could legalize recreational marijuana in 2016. Read more» 2

Maybe Debra Jean Milke masterminded the murder of her son Christopher in Phoenix just before Christmas 1989 to collect the four-year-old's $5,000 life insurance policy. Or maybe – as Milke has insisted – she was just the innocent victim of a corrupt cop with a proven pattern of lying. Read more»

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