Legislative budget staffers are re-evaluating a proposed $10 million sweep of a Supreme Court fund after court officials howled that losing the money would cripple courts across Arizona. The legislative budget proposal targets the Supreme Court Automation Fund, which is supplied by fees for defensive-driving classes, time payment fees for people who make payments on their court fines, and surcharges on fines.Read More »
An alarming increase in the number and severity of child abuse and neglect cases threatens to wipe out efficiencies Child Protective Services has gained over the last year, Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter said today.Read More »
The fight over whether a Southern Arizona tribe can build a massive casino near Glendale’s entertainment district moved to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday. The city is contesting a trial court’s decision to uphold the Department of Interior’s decision to create reservation land out of 54 acres of unincorporated land near 95th and Northern avenues. The Tohono O’odham tribe wants to turn the parcel into reservation land under the Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Act, a 1986 federal law that allowed the tribe to replace nearly 10,000 acres of land that was destroyed by flooding from the federally-built Painted Rock Dam.Read More »
The panel that disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas found he conspired with Sheriff Joe Arpaio to commit crimes, a fact that the sheriff will likely have to contend with as federal investigators look into whether he abused his power.Read More »
Speaking above catcalls, insults and shoving among supporters and critics, disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas today compared his plight to historical martyrs.Read More »
A disciplinary panel disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his former deputy Lisa Aubuchon today, calling the former prosecutors unscrupulous, hypocritical and self-centered. A third former deputy, Rachel Alexander, was suspended for six months and one day.Read More »
If embattled Sheriff Paul Babeu was a rank-and-file employee he likely would have faced discipline for sending a text message identifying himself as a law-enforcement officer and emailing nude photos of himself to a potential sex partner.Read More »
Attorneys for the ex-boyfriend of Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu proclaimed their client’s innocence today, saying he never hacked into the lawman’s campaign websites.
Adnan Horan, attorney for Jose Orozco, a Mexican citizen who claimed in a news article that Babeu threatened him with deportation after their relationship disintegrated, held a news conference announcing Orozco’s denial of any wrongdoing, but Orozco was absent and Horan answered few questions.
The House Appropriations committee narrowly passed a bill today that would require all university students to pay at least $2,000 of their tuition.Read More »
After a flurry of announcements and a press conference late today, confusion reigned over who would investigate allegations involving Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu’s and his gay ex-lover.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office announced today that Attorney General Tom Horne will handle the investigation. Earlier in the day, Babeu said he wanted Gila County officials to conduct the investigation, but they declined.