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Tossing unsigned ballots on Election Day is OK, Arizona tells 9th Circuit

During an appeal stemming from a June 2020 lawsuit, attorneys for the state and the Republican Party told a three-judge Ninth Circuit panel a federal judge erred when he blocked Arizona county recorders from throwing out unsigned ballots at the end of Election Day.... Read more»

Court backs asylum claim, says Phoenix woman’s feminism would endanger her in Mexico

A federal appeals court Monday backed the asylum claim of an undocumented immigrant in Phoenix who said her feminist political beliefs would put her in danger if she was returned to Mexico. ... Read more»

Court: Louis Taylor cannot collect for 42 years behind bars in Pioneer fire case

A Tucson man who spent years in prison on 28 arson-related murder counts that were later vacated cannot now collect damages for the time he spent behind bars, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.... Read more»

9th Circuit rejects Cochise County man’s challenge of sex-offender registry

A federal court Friday upheld a Cochise County man’s conviction for failing to register as a sex offender, even though the state’s sex-offender registry law was passed the year after his sexual misconduct conviction.... Read more»

Court rejects request to remove judge in Tucson death-penalty case

A federal appeals court Friday rejected an Arizona death row inmate’s request that a judge recuse herself from his carjacking-murder case because her own father was murdered in a carjacking close to 40 years ago.... Read more»