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Fund sweep illegal; ag groups vindicated

A consortium of agricultural interests claimed victory July 9 after a judge ruled the Arizona Legislature acted illegally last year when it swept $160,000 from accounts that held voluntary, private contributions. The lawsuit targeted former Gov. Janet Napolitano, State Treasurer ...

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To search or not: Arizona officials react to high court ruling in school strip-search (access required)

To some observers, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that an Arizona school violated a 13-year-old student's rights by strip-searching her represented a defeat for officials working to stem the flow of drugs into schools. To others, the verdict upheld the idea that schools can sometimes act recklessly, even when fighting to keep illegal substances off school grounds.

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Bashas’ attorneys hail judge’s ruling in suit against union (access required)

Arizona-based grocer Bashas' has declared a breakthrough in an ongoing defamation lawsuit against a national labor union and its local allies. The breakthrough: A judge has decided to waive a confidentiality agreement that so far has kept some information from creeping into the trial, including what a Bashas' attorney has said amounts to a threat of extortion by a union official.

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Groups sue over Kaibab forest logging plan

FLAGSTAFF - A group of environmentalists is suing the federal government over a plan to log an area north of the Grand Canyon it says makes no sense economically or ecologically. An administrative appeal of the plan that calls for logging on 9,100 acres of the Kaibab National Forest was rejected late last month.

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Convicted murderer granted new trial by Court of Appeals (access required)

In the words of his wife, Harold Fish has missed a lot during the three years he has spent in prison for shooting and killing a man on a northern Arizona hiking trail during the spring of 2004. Deborah Fish said the eldest of their seven children embarked on a mission to Cape Town, South Africa, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and their youngest daughter has no recollection a time spending a single day with her father.

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