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For Arizona Sikhs, a painful anniversary is a call for 'small acts of kindness' and love

At the memorial Wednesday, Catholics, Muslims, Christians and more gathered to remember Balbir Singh Sodhi, who was shot and killed four days after the horrific attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 by a man incensed by anti-immigrant sentiments and allegedly looking for revenge. ... Read more»

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GOP lawmakers take fight over new education tax to Arizona high court

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»

Arizona Chamber of Commerce picks former Ducey aide Danny Seiden as next CEO

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»

Ducey signs sequel to repeat-offender bill he vetoed in 2019

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»

Az House Speaker Bowers revives bill to reform sex offender registry

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»

New Legislature, new opportunities for Arizona criminal justice reform

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»

Despite ethics complaint, Maricopa prosecutor Montgomery named to Az Supreme Court

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»

Syringe program for addicts operates in legal gray area as debate continues

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»

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Arizona’s death penalty law

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»

Court: Maricopa County wiretap may have run afoul of federal law

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 says new DHS policies won't change local immigration enforcement tactics

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»

Supreme Court orders new sentencing hearings for 5 Arizona teen killers

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»

What the Devil Won't Tell You

Money and power drive DEA pot ruling

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»

'Minutemen' co-founder Simcox convicted of child molestation

An Arizona jury on Wednesday convicted the co-founder of a border militia group of molesting a 5-year-old girl but acquitted him of more serious sex charges. Chris Simcox, who co-founded the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, was found guilty of two felony counts of child molestation and one felony count of providing obscene material to a minor.... Read more»

Judge dismisses charges against suspect in Phx I-10 shootings

A judge on Monday threw out charges against a man accused in a series of freeway shootings that terrorized Phoenix-area drivers last year, a move that comes after ballistics evidence against him was challenged by defense lawyers.... Read more»

Phoenix I-10 shootings suspect released from custody

A man accused in a string of freeway shootings that terrorized the Phoenix area last year was released from custody after defense lawyers on Tuesday called the ballistics evidence into question.... Read more»

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