An attorney for former legislative staffer John Mills asked a U.S. District Court judge to dismiss a 15-count indictment because the way Mills used the money he stole from a campaign account doesn’t amount to federal wire fraud.Read More »
Ever since former Rep. Ben Arredondo was indicted in May in a bribery sting, the question of what prompted the FBI to investigate him had been left unanswered by the federal agency or the Department of Justice.Read More »
Maricopa County asked the Arizona Supreme Court today to rule on whether federal drug laws supersede Arizona’s medical marijuana law.Read More »
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.
A former Arizona legislator will be sentenced Wednesday for his convictions on charges that he solicited and accepted a bribe while he was a Tempe city councilman and misled donors about a scholarship fund to benefit his relatives.Read More »
Secretary of State Ken Bennett complied with the law in drafting the ballot description for Proposition 204, the unsuccessful initiative that would have permanently increased the sales tax by a penny, the Arizona Supreme Court said on Jan. 17.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
The Arizona Court of Appeals overturned a Superior Court judge’s ruling, saying legislators must abide by a voter mandate to increase K-12 education funding to account for inflation.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court today rejected lawmakers’ decision in 2009 to divert a portion of revenues from the state trust lands to pay for the operations of the State Land Department.Read More »