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State Barred? Lack of court wins doesn’t deter Mesa man’s quest (access required)

The lawyer discipline program of the State Bar of Arizona often proves the last resort for people who believe that they have been wronged either by the actions of their own attorneys or by opposing counsel. Every year the State Bar receives more than 4,000 complaints against its member attorneys, with the majority of the allegations dismissed without referral for further investigation after review by Bar counsel.

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La. judge done after flap over interracial wedding

BATON ROUGE, La. - At least four times in the last 2 1/2 years, Keith Bardwell says he refused to marry interracial couples while serving as a Louisiana justice of the peace. He said from his experience and discussions, he had concluded that blacks and whites do not readily accept offspring of such relationships, so the children end up suffering.

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Groups hopeful about appeal of employer sanctions

Groups trying to overturn an Arizona law that prohibits employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants are encouraged that the U.S. Supreme Court has expressed an interest in their appeal. The court normally agrees to take on only a small number of appeals, and it hasn't yet decided whether it will hear the business and civil rights groups' appeal of the law. But the justices on Nov. 2 asked the U.S. solicitor general - the lawyer who argues the Obama administration's cases before the court - to submit a brief in the case.

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GOP-passed election laws targeted by Democrats (access required)

Two electoral changes implemented by Republicans this year have attracted opposition and litigation from Democrats who argued the laws violate the state Constitution to advance partisan agendas. In July, Gov. Jan Brewer signed S1123 into law. The legislation, proposed by Tucson Sen. Jonathan Paton, banned local governments from including partisan affiliations for candidates on the ballot.

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