A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has dealt the Independent Redistricting Commission a sweeping victory by declaring that the agency is not bound by state open meeting laws or subject to investigations into the contested hiring of a mapping consultant.Read More »
Attorneys for a group of death-row inmates who went to trial this week in a federal lawsuit say the department didn’t interview or check the background and licensing of the doctor or a medical assistant, neither of whom were qualified under the department’s protocol or procedures for execution.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court gave Gov. Jan Brewer the clarification she wanted on its ruling to reinstate Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Chairwoman Colleen Mathis, but it won’t be much help to Brewer or the Senate if they want to remove her again.Read More »
The Goldwater Institute is suing the state’s Clean Elections system, alleging it is illegally using money earmarked for voter education on advertising and lobbying to oppose a possible referendum aimed at ending public financing of political candidates.Read More »
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a Tempe man who said a long–standing restraining order violated his First Amendment rights and should be dissolved.Read More »
Attorneys leading an investigation into whether Arizona's redistricting commission violated open meeting law in hiring a mapping consultant withdrew one of their top claims as a judge heard arguments Wednesday over whether to end or revitalize the civil probe.Read More »
The U.S. Supreme Court could decide whether to hear Gov. Jan Brewer’s appeal in the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against SB1070 within the next few weeks.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court today said recall laws should be construed “liberally” because they’re written to protect the public’s right to remove an official — not for a politician’s benefit.Read More »
The unprecedented nature of the discipline proceedings against former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ actions kept viewers in law offices and government buildings throughout the Valley glued to the live webcast on the Arizona Supreme Court’s website for 26 days.Read More »
Most judges in Arizona are elected, but they are muzzled and hand-cuffed when it comes to campaigning.
They can’t put out their hands for money and they can’t endorse or associate with candidates in other partisan elections or political causes, but an attorney in Mohave County is among a handful of judicial candidates and judges around the nation who are challenging the constitutionality of those restrictions in court.