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Attorney Greg Kuykendall and his client Scott Warren outside of the federal courthouse after a judge accepted a motion to dismiss the remaining misdemeanor charge against the No More Deaths volunteer.

Prosecutors dropped the only remaining charge against Scott Warren, ending the misdemeanor case against the No More Deaths volunteer just months after the government's attempt to charge him with two felonies case collapsed in November. Read more»

A Fish and Wildlife Services officer confronts volunteers with No More Deaths near Charlie Bell Pass, an area on the Cabeza Prieta wildlife refuge, west of Ajo, Ariz., on Aug. 3, 2018.

A federal judge reversed the convictions of four members of No More Deaths, finding that they successfully established they were exercising "sincere religious beliefs" when they placed water and food for migrants in an Arizona wildlife refuge in 2017. Read more» 2

A Hermes 450 drone takes off while undergoing testing flights with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Gyroscopes for drones like the Hermes were some of the items a Pakistani man tried to purchase for export from the United States for the Pakistani military's own drone program.

An undercover operation by Homeland Security agents thwarted a Pakistani man's attempt to buy gyroscopes and other electronics from a Tucson-based company and export them under falsified documents to Pakistan for use in that country's military drone program. Read more»

Months of waiting – and more than two years in one case – were over in less than two hours Tuesday when a Senate committee breezed through nomination hearings for six Arizona judicial nominees. After a generally friendly hearing, the six nominees — including Tucson's Rosemary Marquez — will still have to wait at least one week for a committee vote, followed by a full Senate vote. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has agreed to let hearings proceed on five of the six people nominated to vacant federal judgeships in Arizona. The state’s senior senator, John McCain, right, had agreed last fall to allow the hearings.

Sen. Jeff Flake has lifted a block on five of six judicial nominees to the federal bench in Arizona, where the American Bar Association has said vacancies are “dramatically worse” than in other states. Among the nominees who will move ahead to Senate review are Tucson's Rosemary Marquez, first nominated in 2011. Read more»

Diane Humetewa, currently an adviser on American Indian Affairs to the president of Arizona State University, is a former U.S. Attorney for Arizona.

The White House nominated four people Thursday to vacant judgeships on the U.S. District Court of Arizona, apparently clearing the way for a long-stalled fifth nomination to proceed in the process. The four join Rosemary Marquez, whose nomination has languished for more than two years without a hearing. Read more»

Senate custom dictates that home-state senators OK a confirmation hearing for federal judicial nominees, but neither Sen. Jeff Flake, left in this file photo, nor Sen. John McCain have done so for Rosemary Marquez.

It has been two years since President Barack Obama nominated Rosemary Marquez to a vacant federal judgeship in Arizona, but the Senate has so far refused to give her a nomination hearing. Staff for Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake offered only a “no comment” this week when asked about Marquez. Read more» 1

The U.S. District Court in Arizona has had a significantly higher caseload than the national average, according to court statistics. The number of felony cases filed per judge in Arizona is shown in red, and the national average is in blue.

Sen. Jeff Flake said he met with Rosemary Marquez and will review her writing, making supporters optimistic that the long-delayed judicial nominee will get a hearing after 19 months. Marquez has been nominated to the busy U.S. District Court in Arizona, which faces a crushing caseload, with more vacancies recently announced. Read more»

Arizona Republican Sens. Jon Kyl, left, and John McCain, shown here at a February hearing, have not pushed for the approval of Rosemary Marquez, a White House nominee to a U.S. District Court judgeship in Arizona.

President Barack Obama nominated Rosemary Marquez to a judgeship on the U.S. District Court for Arizona on June 23, 2011. One year later, the nomination has not moved an inch. Read more»

Arizona Republican Sens. Jon Kyl, left, and John McCain, shown here at a February hearing, have not pushed for the approval of Rosemary Marquez, a White House nominee to a U.S. District Court judgeship in Arizona.

Rosemary Marquez’s nomination to a judgeship on the backlogged U.S. District Court for Arizona has languished nine months without a hearing, even as other nominees have breezed to confirmation. Read more»

Arizona judges had some of the highest caseloads in the country, according to the U.S. District Court Judicial Caseload Profile, which also showed the percentage increases outstripping national percentages from 2010 to 2011.

Federal courts in Arizona are still in “dire circumstances” as an emergency declaration that was supposed to help judges keep pace with a crushing caseload is set to expire. Read more»