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Drug-sniffing dogs vs. privacy rights: Court rules 2006 search violated Constitution (access required)

Acting on a tip, policemen conducting surveillance on a home in the outskirts of Tucson waited until the right moment to make their move on a suspected drug house. The last of the home's occupants had just left, and a police canine unit soon confirmed it had identified the odor of narcotics seeping from the garage of a home belonging to Jose Salvador Guillen.

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Methadone bill signed into law; no mention of methadone (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill on July 13 that originally aimed specifically to penalize people caught driving while under the influence of methadone. But the legislation was watered down to a point where the final language differs only slightly from existing law. It actually morphed several times, as sometimes happens to measures as they work their way through the Legislature.

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Lawmakers could have avoided line-item vetoes (access required)

When Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a large portion of the budget approved by lawmakers earlier this month, she sent the Legislature back to square one. Now Republican leaders are working with Democrats instead of the governor to craft a spending plan, and the state still faces a $2.5 billion deficit a month after the fiscal deadline.

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Kyl will vote against Sotomayor (access required)

Sen. Jon Kyl announced July 23 that he would vote against Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying he is not convinced that she will set aside her biases and decide cases impartially based on the rule of law.

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Bolles’ killer dies in Tucson prison

The man convicted in the 1976 murder of Arizona Republic investigative reporter Don Bolles died in a Tucson prison medical unit on July 21, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections. Max Dunlap, 80, was found unresponsive in the Rincon ...

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