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Funding formula of state pension plans in hands of AZ Supreme Court (access required)

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The Arizona Supreme Court is set to hear arguments June 4 in a case that will determine the financial future of Arizona’s employee pensions. Whatever the Supreme Court decides in Fields v. Elected Officials Retirement Plan will also settle two other lawsuits sparked by SB1609, a 2011 law that overhauled state pensions, and determine whether retirees will continue to receive generous cost-of-living increases.

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Thomas disbarment hearing gains momentum: counter-charges of misconduct and ‘piling on’ (access required)

Attorney Tom Irvine was working in his law office on the afternoon of Dec. 31, 2008, when a process server dropped two lawsuits on him, filed by then-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

Irvine, the sole witness on the third day of Thomas’ attorney disbarment hearing, described the experience of being targeted by the former county attorney.

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IRC budget based on experience and guesswork (access required)

The last statement James Huntwork made as a member of the first Independent Redistricting Commission in his last meeting in June 2009 was that the next IRC would need “a lot of money.”

How much money the newly seated IRC will need is a mystery.

But the thinking of those involved with the first one is that the legal disputes, which consumed so much money last time, will be fewer this time.

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After two judges backed out, Daughton got abortion case (access required)

Critics of an injunction to stop a series of abortion restrictions from taking effect are questioning how and why the case was assigned to three Maricopa County Superior Court judges. The first two judges removed themselves from hearing the case – one was vacationing out of the country and the other gave no reason. The third judge, who came out of retirement to take the case, issued an injunction on Sept. 29 that put the laws on hold.

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