After initially resisting a federal civil-rights investigation, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now asking the feds for a little cooperation or he’s ready to go to court.Read More »
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A death row prisoner who is next in line for execution asked the Arizona Supreme Court Dec. 30 to either reject the state’s motion for his death warrant or postpone its decision until after a federal civil rights lawsuit involving other condemned inmates is resolved.Read More »
Overhauling the Child Protective Services abuse hotline and adding police officers to work alongside the agency’s social workers are among the most important recommendations of the Governor’s Child Safety Task Force one of the panel’s co-chairs said Dec. 30 after the recommendations were released.Read More »
The law has been on the side of the Tohono O’odham Nation so far this year, but the core legal issue the tribe is relying on to build a casino on a plot of land in unincorporated Maricopa County near Glendale is still unsettled by the courts. And an expert on Indian law and gaming law believes that the issue will eventually put an end to the planned casino.Read More »
An administrative law judge today upheld findings by Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal that controversial courses taught in the Tucson Unified School District violate a 2010 law aimed at ending the district’s ethnic studies program.Read More »
The Arizona Department of Corrections has scrapped plans to build private prisons to house 5,000 minimum and medium security inmates.Read More »
Most of Arizona’s private prisons are comparable in cost and quality of service to state-run prisons, a biennial study issued Wednesday by the Arizona Department of Corrections found.Read More »
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who is wrapping up an eight-month investigation into the Fiesta Bowl scandal, will ask lawmakers to overhaul the state’s lobbying laws, saying financial reporting requirements are confusing and out of touch with what he believes the public demands of its elected officials.
“If it’s too much of a burden for an elected official to keep the public informed … they shouldn’t be in office,” the county’s top prosecutor told the Arizona Capitol Times. “If you don’t want to do this, then go do something else.”
The Arizona Supreme Court will decide on Feb. 15 whether to hear a case challenging $1.6 billion in cuts to the state Medicaid system.Read More »
Attorneys seeking the disbarment of former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and one of his deputies say in written closing arguments filed today that no other penalty for the former prosecutors will repair the damage they caused.
“About a year after Thomas assumed office as County Attorney, it became clear that he had lost all objectivity about his role as a lawyer and as County Attorney,” Gleason wrote.