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Border to top Burke’s agenda as U.S. attorney

Dennis Burke hasn't officially taken his post as Arizona's next U.S. attorney, but he's already familiar with an area that may be his top priority as a federal prosecutor - the border. Just days after being nominated by President Barack Obama as U.S. attorney for Arizona, Burke was on the border at Nogales, part of three days of meetings with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's border czar. Obama and U.S. Attorney Eric Holder have made drug trafficking and human smuggling a top priority, and Burke said he plans to put those issues at the top of his agenda as well.

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Renzi lawyers object to speech and debate ruling

TUCSON - Lawyers for former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi have objected to a federal magistrate's denial of their motion to dismiss the public corruption case against him on constitutional grounds. Renzi's lawyers contend that the government violated the U.S. Constitution's "speech or debate" clause in wiretapping his conversations with aides concerning a failed land swap deal in which he's been accused of conspiracy.

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