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Process takes ‘too long’ (access required)

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Horne considers legal action in attempt to speed up death penalty cases

The 11 convicted killers Arizona has executed since 2010 spent an average of 22 years on death row. Attorney General Tom Horne thinks that is too long. He also thinks suing the federal government will speed up the process, but others say that a successful lawsuit would bring few or no gains because Arizona lacks criminal defense attorneys who are qualified to do proceedings known as capital post-conviction relief and are willing to do it for $100 an hour, the rate set in statute. That has historically left the Arizona Supreme Court scrambling to find enough attorneys to handle the constant stream of death cases.

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Fighting for your children (access required)

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More Arizona families face lengthy dependency hearings

Peoria police may not have had enough evidence to support charging Sen. Rick Murphy with molesting two boys in his care, but Child Protective Services believes the latest investigation of the Peoria Republican for sexual abuse allegations is reason enough to take away not just his foster children, but his four adoptive daughters.

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Clean Elections Commission will continue contribution limits suit (access required)

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The Citizens Clean Elections Commission voted to continue its fight against new campaign contribution limits in lower court after the Arizona Supreme Court rejected the case. The commission on Thursday voted 3-2 to re-file the lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court and seek an injunction against HB2593. Without a court order blocking the law from going into effect, the dramatically higher contribution limits will go into effect on Sept. 13.

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