Union lawyers are planning to ask a federal judge for attorney fees for beating the state in court, raising the potential for taxpayers to pay large sums for a series of lawsuits that haven’t gone the state’s way.Read More »
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Horne considers legal action in attempt to speed up death penalty casesThe 11 convicted killers Arizona has executed since 2010 spent an average of 22 years on death row. Attorney General Tom Horne thinks that is too long. He also thinks suing the federal government will speed up the process, but others say that a successful lawsuit would bring few or no gains because Arizona lacks criminal defense attorneys who are qualified to do proceedings known as capital post-conviction relief and are willing to do it for $100 an hour, the rate set in statute. That has historically left the Arizona Supreme Court scrambling to find enough attorneys to handle the constant stream of death cases.
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The number of abortions performed in Arizona dipped from 2011 to 2012, but it was still one of the highest years for terminated pregnancies in the last decade.Read More »
Following the guidance of a U.S. Supreme Court justice, Attorney General Tom Horne has threatened to sue an effectively non-existent federal commission if it doesn’t put Arizona’s requirement of proof-of-citizenship on federal voter registration forms.
Horne is giving the U.S. Election Assistance Commission until Aug. 19 to act, stating in a July 26 letter to the commission’s acting executive director, Alice Miller, that Louisiana recently got approval to put requirements specific to the state on the federal forms.
A group of charter schools is suing the Arizona Department of Education, alleging it is illegally reducing voter-approved funds for teacher pay raises and the classroom.Read More »
Like similar laws around the country, Arizona’s stand-your-ground law has been in the spotlight since a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.Read More »
The cost per student for the new test to measure progress under Common Core is nearly 50 per cent more than the AIMS test, causing sticker shock among some lawmakers and advocates for the learning standards.Read More »
A federal jury found former legislative aide John Mills guilty of nine counts of wire fraud late Tuesday in connection with siphoning off $128,000 from former Speaker Jim Weiers’ 2008 campaign fund for personal use.Read More »
The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments voted unanimously Monday to be a neutral defendant in a lawsuit alleging a new law that expands the pool of judicial nominees is unconstitutional.Read More »
Having a Dream Team of six former state Supreme Court justices brings more than just brain power to a lawsuit seeking to strike down a new law giving the governor a larger pool for appointing judges.Read More »