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New trial ordered over Arpaio’s pink-underwear policy for inmates

WASHINGTON – A federal court has reinstated a lawsuit against Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio by a woman who said her brother’s death stemmed from a traumatic jail “dress out” – when he was held down, stripped and forced into the pink underwear of county inmates. A divided panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also said a lower court could consider whether Arpaio’s pink-underwear policy for inmates amounts to “punishment without legal justification.”

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Arpaio, Dever, Babeu make their own stage for SB1070 hearing (access required)

Larry Dever wanted to address the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Instead, he addressed the press corps at his lawyer’s office in Scottsdale. The Cochise County sheriff, along with his prominent counterparts from Maricopa and Pinal counties, hosted a viewing party at the Rose Law Group to watch the Nov. 1 hearing at the Ninth Circuit on SB1070. Sitting alongside Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Dever made his opinions known, even if the three judges couldn’t hear him.

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Fed judges: Wash. felony inmates should get vote

OLYMPIA, Wash. - In a decision that could give momentum to other efforts to expand voting to inmates, a federal appeals court ruled that incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote in Washington state. There's a patchwork of laws across the nation concerning restoration of felons' voting rights, but only Maine and Vermont allow those behind bars to cast ballots.

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