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O’Connor to take bench again

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will be hearing cases once more, sitting in for two days on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. One case involves a right-to-life group that operates at Arizona State University, and two others concerning voting rights.

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After two judges backed out, Daughton got abortion case (access required)

Critics of an injunction to stop a series of abortion restrictions from taking effect are questioning how and why the case was assigned to three Maricopa County Superior Court judges. The first two judges removed themselves from hearing the case – one was vacationing out of the country and the other gave no reason. The third judge, who came out of retirement to take the case, issued an injunction on Sept. 29 that put the laws on hold.

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Attorney to ask AG to challenge Land Department funding (access required)

Attorney Tim Hogan will be delivering a message to Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard that boils down to this: If you don’t, then I will. Hogan, who leads the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, will be asking Goddard to file a lawsuit to stop the Arizona State Land Department from independently paying for the management of more than 9 million acres of state trust lands.

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Myriad questions await 2011 redistricting commission (access required)

When Arizona's second Independent Redistricting Commission convenes in 2011, it will have an advantage that its predecessor didn't - precedent. The first commission, created by a 2000 amendment to the Arizona Constitution to redraw the state's legislative and congressional districts, faced the prospect of ballot initiatives, new legislation and years of court challenges stemming from disputes over the way it determined district boundaries.

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Maricopa County rejects most tax appeals (access required)

Within minutes of hearing discussions of residential private golf course memberships, hilltop views and the actual market value of luxury homes in north Scottsdale, a hearing officer with the Arizona State Board of Equalization reached a conclusion - the value of Dennis Grose's home had been overestimated by the office of Maricopa County Assessor Keith Russell by almost $250,000 dollars.

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