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District Court judge sentences Arredondo to probation (access required)

Artist's rendering of Rep. Ben Arredondo and his attorney at his Oct. 5 hearing. (Illustration by Maggie Keane)

Former Democratic lawmaker Ben Arredondo walked out of court Wednesday effectively a free man, having convinced a federal judge his lifetime of community service and failing mental and physical health justify no time behind bars.

Judge Frederick Martone, of U.S. District Court in Phoenix, placed Arredondo on three years of probation, including 18 months of house arrest, and ordered him to pay $540 in restitution.

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Filing says Arizona tribe secretly planned casino

The proposed casino the Tohono O'odham Nation wants to build near Glendale.

The state and two tribes say there's documentation that the Tohono O'odham Nation was secretly planning about a decade ago to acquire land for a Phoenix-area casino at a time when the Tohono O'odhams were among tribes promising to limit the number of casinos in the metropolitan area.

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Arredondo argues for lighter punishment (access required)

Supervisors decide not to replace Arredondo

Former Rep. Ben Arredondo's attorney, Lee Stein, has filed a plea asking that the federal government’s use of “inflated” ticket prices would unfairly increase the severity of his bribery sentence. Stein argued that prosecutors should be using face value and season ticket values rather than what the FBI paid when they purchased the tickets from scalpers.

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