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See also: SB 1070, SCOTUS, Friendly House, and a Ray of HopeSee also: SB 1070: Supreme Court Upholds "Papers Please" Section, Invalidates OthersSee also: The Supreme Court's 1070 Ruling Is No Win for Teabaggers As I anticipated in April, when it became clear that the U.S. Supreme Cou ... More >>
SCOTUSBlog.com is reporting that Section 2(b) of Arizona's immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court as not pre-empted by federal immigration law.Of the court's decision, SCOTISBlog writes, "It was improper for the lower courts to enjoin section 2(b), which require ... More >>
Andrew Thomas could be forced to pay $296,300 for the disciplinary proceeding that resulted in his disbarment. A three-member state Supreme Court disciplinary panel decided to disbar the former Maricopa County Attorney and deputy prosecutor Lisa Aubuchon after a lengthy investigation and weeks of h ... More >>
A federal judge today tossed Governor Jan Brewer's lawsuit against the state's Medical Marijuana Act, saying in her ruling that the state's complaint wasn't ripe.U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton dismissed the case without prejudice and invited the state to file an amended complaint to correct the fl ... More >>
Image: Arizona Supreme CourtState Bar Disciplinary Judge William O'Neil, the same guy who stopped Andrew Thomas' bogus prosecution of Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe, will now help decide whether Thomas can keep practicing law in Arizona. The Arizona State Bar's independent ... More >>
Bradford Lund, heir to an immense Disney fortune and son of local developer Bill Lund, wants a federal judge to fire his state-appointed legal guardian.Lund, his father, and other members of the family have been embroiled in a nasty fight over hundreds of millions of dollars in a trust left to Walt ... More >>
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer wants to take SB1070 all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Governor Jan Brewer wants to the U.S. Supreme Court to take a look at Arizona's contested immigration law, SB1070, following the law's shoot-downs in lower courts. "I am hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Cour ... More >>
In a 5-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has sustained Arizona's employer sanctions law.The law forces employers to check the immigration status of employees, and allows the state to penalize businesses that hire illegal immigrants.
It was an upbeat event, yesterday's investiture ceremony in downtown Phoenix for incoming Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Douglas Gerlach.The late Judge John RollPresiding county judge Norm Davis led the Pledge of Allegiance and Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch adminis ... More >>
Image: Ray Stern Maricopa County Supervisors Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox.A $10 million lawsuit filed by Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley last Thursday against the county will likely end up in federal court. Lawsuits alleging abuse of power, defamation, civil right ... More >>
William O'Neil has been named as the state's first Presiding Disciplinary Judge.Whuu-chhh! There's a new Disciplinary Judge in town. And he's looking to break in his whip on the backs of Arizona's worst lawyers. As part of a sweeping change in attorney-discipline ... More >>
The U.S. Supreme Court this morning put a halt to the matching funds portion of Arizona's Clean Elections program.The decision blocks matching funds for publicly funded candidates until the Supreme Court can hear the case -- or unless it ultimately decides not to grant review. That almost certain ... More >>
Sandra Day O'Connor: No longer a Supreme Court justice (write that down, America).If you think former Supreme Court Justice -- and Arizona native -- Sandra Day O'Connor is still a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, you're not alone but you're wrong -- she retired from the bench in 2006. Don't feel ... More >>
www.azcourts.gov Justice Michael Ryan is stepping down from the Arizona Supreme Court. Arizona Supreme Court Justice Michael Ryan announced today that he will retire from the bench after serving on the state's high court for eight years.Ryan, 64, is permitted by state law to serve unt ... More >>
Image: Colorado Bar Association Colorado legal official John Gleason will examine allegations of misconduct against Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. To guard against possible conflicts of interest, the Arizona Supreme Court has handed off bar complaints against Maricopa County ... More >>
The first reason why the racketeering lawsuit filed today against county leaders is probably going nowhere: It's being handled by Lisa Aubuchon, the deputy county attorney who has consistently blown politically sensitive cases for Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Under Aubuchon's leadership, ... More >>
Sheriff Joe gets a third strike in his attempt to read court email.Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has lost yet another round in his near-endless quest to read the email of Superior Court judges.This decision, from the Arizona Court of Appeals, appears to mark the third such rejection. A ... More >>
Check out Arizona Senator John McCain's stated reasons for his pending no-vote against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. One word that comes to mind is hypocrisy. Here's part of what the defeated 2008 presidential candidate (that's him in the infamous debate photo) on t ... More >>
Sonia Sotomayor, a racist? Riiiiiight.... You know it's taken a turn for the surreal when an obnoxious lout like William Gheen is calling you a racist. Gheen is a nasty piece of work, the founder of the extremist nativist Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, which is headquartered in Rale ... More >>
County cranks examine their alcohol-stained agenda
Roy Warden: Este pendejo, indeed...Anti-immigrant nutjob and Mexican flag-burner Roy Warden's coming to town Wednesday, December 10 for a "rally" to "impeach" Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor. Well, supposedly. According to e-mails the wacky Warden's sent out to the state Supreme Co ... More >>
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