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 »
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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.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on an Arizona case Tuesday and found that death-row prisoners don’t have to be mentally competent while their appeals are pending in federal court.Read More »
Arizona politics not only kept courts busy in 2012, but led to a landmark case in June when the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the state’s most prominent immigration policy.Read More »