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Sandra Day O’Connor to dedicate new county courthouse

In this April 6, 2010, file photo, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor speaks at the New York Law School in New York. O'Connor continues to hear cases in U.S. appeals courts, while also playing a role in public policy issues. Her critics say she should do one or the other, but not both. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — Sandra Day O’Connor is set to dedicate Maricopa County Superior Court’s new building on Tuesday in what officials say is the largest construction project in county history.

Long before she was a justice in the U.S. Supreme Court, O’Connor served as a judge in Maricopa County Superior Court.

She is set to deliver the keynote speech during Tuesday’s 3 p.m. event.

The new downtown Phoenix court tower took more than three years to build at a cost of $335 million.

The courthouse adds 22 courtrooms to the 52 that were in the old building as the number of criminal cases in the county has nearly doubled since 2000.

County Supervisor Max Wilson calls the new building “a fitting centennial project.”

To learn more about the tower, visit http://www.maricopa.gov/courttower/about.htm

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