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The full U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed former Pima County Superior Court Judge John S. Leonardo to be the next U.S. Attorney for Arizona. Leonardo will fill the federal prosecutor’s job held by former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, who resigned in August during the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious. Read more»

John S. Leonardo, who just stepped down from the Pima Superior Court bench, was nominated Wednesday to be Arizona's U.S. Attorney. President Obama noted Leonardo's "distinguished and impressive" career in sending his name to the Senate. Read more»

Attorney General Eric Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Operation Fast and Furious, which let guns “walk” into the hands of criminals in an effort to nab larger gun runners, was a mistake that should never have happened.

Attorney General Eric Holder told a Senate committee Tuesday that a gun–trafficking investigation that let thousands of guns “walk” into the hands of criminals should have “never happened.” Read more» 1

Burke and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (left).

The acting director of the ATF, Kenneth Melson, and the U.S. attorney for Arizona, Dennis Burke, are resigning over the controversial gun-running investigation known as Fast and Furious. Read more»

Authorities broke up what they say is an interstate marijuana-trafficking organization by arresting eight people last week, following a two-year investigation. The group had a connection to a Bloods gang in Nebraska, said a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office. Read more»

Four people were arrested Thursday on federal charges after being accused of abusing and forcing five Vietnamese nationals into servitude for years at a Flagstaff wedding store. Read more»

A sign for a medical marijuana clinic in West Hollywood, Calif.

Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne will ask a federal court to determine if Arizona's new medical marijuana law is legal, they announced Tuesday. Read more»


The doctors who performed competency examinations on accused Jan. 8 shooter Jared Lee Loughner won't be questioned in court next week, signaling that he may be found incompetent to stand trial. Read more» 1

Bill Nugent, the owner of the Shanty Cafe, 401 E. 9th St., hangs a banner supporting a Senate run by Gabrielle Giffords, March 3.

Arizona Democrats favor U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as their nominee to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Jon Kyl. For Republicans, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is their top choice as a Senate candidate. Read more» 1

Agent Brian A. Terry

A Mexican national has been indicted in the December killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry near Rio Rico. Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, named in a 14-count indictment unsealed Friday, faces second-degree murder, weapons and conspiracy charges. Read more»

The office of an assistant attorney general approved a wiretap request for a federal gunrunning probe in which agents purposely allowed gun sales to go to straw buyers with the hope that they would uncover criminal activity across the border in Mexico, documents show. Read more»


Federal prosecutors have asked that the autopsies of the victims of the Jan. 8 mass shooting not be released, and that the medical examiner not speak to the media. Read more»

Federal prosecutors will refile murder charges against Jared Lee Loughner before a March 9 court date, a spokesman said. Prosecutors asked this week to drop charges filed earlier in the shooting deaths of U.S. District Court Judge John Roll and congressional aide Gabriel Zimmerman. Read more» 7

Alleged mass shooter Jared Lee Loughner will face trial on federal charges before any state charges are filed, authorities said Friday. Read more»

Straw purchasers are those who buy guns on proxy for cartels, claiming that they are buying for themselves. Many of the weapons taken in the recovery were purchased legally by Arizonans who then delivered the guns to cartel representatives.

Traces of guns seized on both sides of the border helped federal agencies break up several rings involved in purchasing firearms in the Valley and shipping them to Mexican drug cartels, a federal official said Tuesday. Read more» 1

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