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Rep. Miranda, family, invoke Fifth Amendment during election-challenge suit (access required)

Rep. Miranda, family, invoke Fifth Amendment during election-challenge suit <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Rep. Catherine Miranda, her husband and step-daughter invoked their Fifth Amendment rights on the witness stand today in a court hearing to determine whether the Phoenix Democrat should be removed from office for submitting allegedly forged signatures on election forms. Miranda’s attorney, Tom Ryan, said he can’t allow his client or her family to testify while she is under criminal investigation.

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Will scandals that forced 4 lawmakers from office influence voters? (access required)

Not since the AzScam scandal in 1991 have so many Arizona lawmakers left office amid criminal allegations in a single year.

The current scandals could cast a cloud over the state’s general election. Lawmakers who leave in disgrace tend to discourage cynical voters from going to the polls, pollsters and players from the AzScam bribery scandal said.

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