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Plaintiffs appealing Arizona ruling on smuggling law

In this April 29,2010 file photo showing a drop house that was raided by the Arizona Department of Public Safety along with other law enforcement, yielding nine suspected illegal immigrants, three shown here, and three suspected human smugglers in Phoenix. Federal officials say the number of so-called "drophouses" discovered harboring illegal immigrants in the Phoenix area has decreased significantly over the last four years. They say the decrease is another indication that overall human smuggling activity in Arizona is declining. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)

Both sides are now appealing a federal judge’s ruling that Maricopa County’s prosecution of people who arrange to be smuggled conflicts with federal law.

The County Attorney’s Office a week ago said it is appealing the ruling on the state’s human smuggling law, and now the pro-immigrant groups and individuals who’d sued the county over the issue also say they’re appealing.

The plaintiffs’ filing says they’re appealing because the ruling didn’t overturn previous convictions of people who arranged to be smuggled.

U.S. District Judge Robert Broomfield ruled Sept. 27 that the county cannot prosecute people who arrange to be smuggled, but his ruling didn’t apply retroactively to cases already decided.

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3 comments

  1. The ruling should be retroactive. If its wrong to begin with then its time to right the wrongs in this stupid law created by a disgraced and disbarred ex-Maricopa County Attorney. The millions of dollars wasted by the prosecutors driving laws is unconscionable.

  2. correction (missing edit button)

    The ruling should be retroactive. If its wrong to begin with then its time to right the wrongs in this stupid law created by a disgraced and disbarred ex-Maricopa County Attorney. The millions of dollars wasted by the prosecutors driving poorly written laws is unconscionable.

  3. I am trying to understand how Arizona’s smuggling laws conflicted with Federal Law?

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