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The government said the criminalization of encouraging illegal immigration dates back over a century.

A law under review by the Supreme Court makes it a crime to encourage unlawful immigration into the U.S., but there are questions about how government prosecutors would distinguish between scams targeting vulnerable migrants and commonplace discussions. Read more»

Press freedom groups dispute the government’s claim that First Amendment concerns are hypothetical, citing the surveillance of journalists covering the migrant caravans.

The Biden administration will head to the Supreme Court to defend a federal law that criminalizes certain speech - while the law is aimed at those who would encourage people crossing the border to skirt law enforcement, it has been used by the government to surveil journalists. Read more»

The single-page document by Garland directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be on alert for 'a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence' aimed at local school officials and teachers.

U.S. House Republicans continued to press accusations that a “woke agenda” is deteriorating parents’ rights, targeting a memo by Attorney General Merrick Garland instructing federal law enforcement to open lines of communication on threats to local school board members. Read more»

Though none spoke up at the Energy and Commerce hearing, some progressive Democrats and outside groups have expressed uneasiness with a government ban of a private service.

A U.S. House panel grilled TikTok’s CEO for more than five hours Thursday over the social media giant’s ties to China, and indicated there may be bipartisan consensus for a national ban on the platform. Read more»

Rey, 18, holds a sign declaring that drag performances are art, during a protest of recent anti-drag bills in the state legislature in Phoenix on Jan. 22, 2023.

Two anti-drag bills passed the state Senate with GOP support despite promises from Gov. Katie Hobbs of a future veto and ongoing threats of violence toward the drag community in Arizona. Read more»

A voter drops a ballot at the Maricopa County ballot drop box outside the county juvenile court, where several intimidation incidents were reported.

The leader of the Arizona House elections committee doesn’t want speakers in front of the committee to utter the words “conspiracy theory,” two weeks after that same House committee allowed a Gilbert insurance agent to spread wild and utterly unfounded conspiracy theories. Read more»

Although the highest number of bystanders who raised concerns about the attacker were direct family members, the report found friends, acquaintances and co-workers were also poised to notice and report worrisome changes in behavior.

A report published by the National Threat Assessment Center found the people closest to individuals who carried out mass murders often sense something is wrong and said "the value of bystander reporting cannot be overstated” when preventing such tragedies. Read more»

The court did not provide a deadline for the government’s input so it is not clear when the justices will make a decision on if they will hear the challenges.

The Supreme Court asked the Biden administration to weigh in on a legal battle between conservative states and social media companies over content moderation laws that sprang up after former President Donald Trump's ban from Twitter and suspension from Facebook. Read more»

The Ninth Circuit intervened in December and ordered Conradson to be issued a press pass pending his and his employer’s appeal before the court.

The Ninth Circuit seems likely to reverse a federal judge’s denial of a restraining order that would eradicate part of Maricopa County’s journalist-vetting criteria - used to bar Jordan Conradson a press pass granting access to voting centers during the November 2022 election. Read more»

A sign in favor of Proposition 211, which would require major funders of independent campaign advertising to identify themselves and their donors whose contributions exceed $5,000.

Two Arizona conservative groups are suing to block Proposition 211, dubbed the ‘Voters Right to Know Act” which targets dark money in elections, arguing that it violates the constitutional right to freedom of speech.  Read more»

To come out victorious in the trial, Lake’s attorneys will have to prove that any lack of compliance with chain-of-custody rules was intentional and that it led to Lake losing the race.

A judge dismissed seven of nine counts in Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s lawsuit that challenges the outcome of her race, setting a high bar for what she’ll have to prove at a two-day trial, set to begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday - to win the suit.  Read more»

The question of whether this case is ready for litigation is particularly relevant because Smith does not yet offer wedding websites services and no charges have been brought against her under Colorado’s anti-discrimination law.

Supreme Court justices appeared sympathetic to a Colorado-based web designer who claims the state's Anti-Discrimination Act violates her First Amendment free speech rights - even though she does not yet offer the services in question and no charges have been brought against her. Read more»

Armed vigilantes wearing tactical gear were captured by security cameras on Oct. 21, 2022, outside Maricopa County’s drop box in Mesa.

Federal judge Michael Liburdi, a Trump appointee and former counsel to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, denied a bid to shut down efforts by a group that has been surveilling drop boxes in Maricopa County, saying that it would violate the First Amendment rights of the watchers. Read more»

The Canyon Mine, about 15 miles south of the Grand Canyon. The new policy will allow some tribes to share management responsibilities with federal agencies.

The federal government and some states hope recent policy changes will address the question of who should manage public land that is sacred to Native Americans by a policy called co-management, giving Indigenous people greater input into managing sacred landscapes. Read more»

The Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments for the next term on Oct. 3.

As the Supreme Court embarks on its new term with public approval at an all-time low and as the country contends with the fallout from blockbuster rulings upending years of precedent, the justices are preparing to put more long-established rulings on the chopping block. Read more»

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