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U.S. Supreme Court Puts Kibosh on Arizona's Matching Funds

9 years ago by James King
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that the matching funds portion of Arizona's "Clean Elections" system is unconstitutional, meaning candidates in next year's election will not be given taxpayer money to match funds raised by their opponents.Under the matching funds system, publicly funded candidates are given lump sums for...
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Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio Begs U.S. Supreme Court for Jury Trial in Criminal Contempt Case

3 years ago by Ray Stern
Ousted Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court this week in a last-chance bid for a jury trial or delay of his upcoming bench trial for criminal contempt.
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Morning Poll: Should Arizona Take SB1070 to the U.S. Supreme Court?

9 years ago by Ray Stern
After a U.S. District Court judge stripped key provisions out of Arizona's SB1070 law, Governor Jan Brewer appealed. Like the district court, the Ninth Circuit Court found unconstitutional the parts of the law that allowed police officers to hassle suspected illegal immigrants and made it a state crime for immigrants to leave home...
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Yuma Must Return Patient's Marijuana After Losing Case in U.S. Supreme Court

6 years ago by Ray Stern
Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot told the media last summer that returning marijuana to a medicinal user was "not how we do business." But Wilmot did not return calls or even issue a statement this morning after the U.S. Supreme Court decided -- by its inaction -- that Wilmot must...
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U.S. Supreme Court: Arizona's Employer Sanctions Law A-OK

9 years ago by James King
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...
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SB 1070 Harboring Provision Won't Be Restored by U.S. Supreme Court

6 years ago by Matthew Hendley
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear Arizona's appeal of a lower court's decision that blocked a provision of Senate Bill 1070.Despite the high court's big 2012 ruling on SB 1070, several provisions of the law weren't at issue in that case, and the American Civil Liberties Union and...
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Arizona Immigrants Pray U.S. Supreme Court Sides With President Obama on Immigration Case

4 years ago by Griselda Nevarez
Ivonne Salazar wants to get a better-paying job so she can help her 18-year-old daughter, who’ll be attending Arizona State University this fall, pay for college expenses. But Salazar’s job opportunities are limited because she is undocumented. She has been living in Arizona without legal status for 23 years. The...
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U.S. Supreme Court Won't Save Arizona Law Denying Bail for Undocumented

5 years ago by Ray Stern
The U.S. Supreme Court decided today that it won't review a decision striking down Arizona's voter-approved, 2006 law denying bail for certain undocumented-immigrant crime suspects. Passed by a bipartisan wave of voters riding an anti-immigrant sentiment in the mid-2000s, the law was also a favorite of Maricopa County conservatives including former...
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"Truthiness" and Right to Fib About Politicians Defended in Brief to U.S. Supreme Court

6 years ago by Ray Stern
A humorous brief to the U.S. Supreme Court filed last week invokes Stephen Colbert's concept of "truthiness" in a defense of the right to tell fibs about elected leaders. Penned by lawyer Ilya Shapiro on behalf of the Cato Institute and satirist P.J. O'Rourke, the amicus brief, written to defend...
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Clean Elections Matching Funds Case to be Heard by U.S. Supreme Court

9 years ago by James King
The U.S. Supreme Court announced this morning that it will decide on whether Arizona's "Clean Elections" system violates the Constitution.The system was a hot topic during this year's election cycle because several candidates -- including Governor Jan Brewer and former Treasurer Dean Martin -- were running as publicly funded, or...

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