The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday declined to stop the execution of an Arizona death-row inmate hours before he was set to die by lethal injection for killing two people in a 1989 convenience store robbery.Read More »
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Yellow Sheet Report editor Jim Small talks about the Clean Elections lawsuit that has finally reached the U.S. Supreme Court, and about likely outcomes.Read More »
The United States Supreme Court will soon decide just how far a government can wade into electoral politics with the use of public campaign financing, as members of the court on Monday heard arguments from opponents and defenders of Arizona’s public campaign finance system.Read More »
Opponents of Arizona’s Clean Elections system are optimistic about the latest measure to effectively kill public campaign financing in Arizona. The House, where similar measures have died in the past, has a Republican supermajority of legislators elected on promises of fiscal responsibility. Now is the perfect time, they say, to pass a measure they call the “No Taxpayer Subsidies for Political Campaigns Act.” But there is a catch: Nine of the chamber’s 15 new Republicans were elected using publicly paid-for campaigns, and not all of them are enlisting in the stop-Clean-Elections crusade.Read More »
To avoid the chance of repeating a disciplinary mess from the last decade, the State Bar of Arizona is asking the Arizona Supreme Court to clear the way for a Bar investigation of a disgraced former Tucson city judge.Read More »
Arizona’s chief Supreme Court justice, Rebecca White Berch, urged a joint session of the Legislature March 21 to reform probate court and not change the way the state chooses its judges.Read More »
Supporters of the five controversial immigration measures that the Senate killed on Thursday made no attempt to revive the measures on Monday.
As a result, the bills are dead — but the ideas may still be resurrected.
Tax-free shopping is under threat for many online shoppers as states facing widening budget gaps increasingly pressure Amazon.com Inc. and other Internet retailers to start collecting sales taxes from their residents.Read More »
A capital defendant accused in a 2006 mass murder and several organizations representing defense attorneys from around the nation will argue before the Arizona Supreme Court on March 22 to keep crime victims out of private hearings with the trial judge to discuss mitigation efforts of the defense.Read More »
Senate President Russell Pearce, Arizona’s most prominent anti-illegal immigration firebrand, has always argued that illegal immigration and the state’s budget woes are inseparable. But the two issues may have formed a diptych in ways that many, including Pearce, probably did not anticipate.Read More »