Two of Arizona’s top law enforcement officials asked the U.S. Supreme Court today to consider the constitutionality of the state’s law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Attorney General Tom Horne and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery petitioned the court to hear their appeal to a ruling that found the state’s law unconstitutional.Read More »
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Former Department of Gaming director Mark Brnovich filed to run for attorney general, officially giving the embattled Tom Horne a challenge in the Republican primary.Read More »
The chairman of the Apache County Board of Supervisors told county attorneys they shouldn't start a legal battle over Sen. Carlyle Begay’s qualifications to hold office. Rep. Albert Hale claims that Begay has lived in Gilbert, not Ganado, for the last seven years, and therefore can't represent Apache County in the Arizona Senate.Read More »
Arizona Department of Gaming Director Mark Brnovich, who is considering a run for attorney general, resigned his position, clearing the way for a possible Republican primary challenge to embattled Attorney General Tom Horne.Read More »
Both sides claimed victory as a federal judge dismissed the bulk of Margaret “Meg” Hinchey’s retaliation lawsuit against Attorney General Tom Horne and a top aide, but allowed the case to proceed on several allegations.Read More »
An attorney for Sen. Carlyle Begay called Rep. Albert Hale’s request that the Apache County Attorney’s Office challenge Begay’s recent appointment to statewide office an “inappropriate attempt… to advance his own agenda” and raised questions about the legality of such a challenge.Read More »
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne wants a court to force the Justice Department to act on his request to fast-track federal death penalty appeals in Arizona cases.Read More »
Students with the Dream Act Coalition got an impromptu meeting with Attorney General Tom Horne Thursday, asking him to drop a lawsuit contesting in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.Read More »
Horne considers legal action in attempt to speed up death penalty casesThe 11 convicted killers Arizona has executed since 2010 spent an average of 22 years on death row. Attorney General Tom Horne thinks that is too long. He also thinks suing the federal government will speed up the process, but others say that a successful lawsuit would bring few or no gains because Arizona lacks criminal defense attorneys who are qualified to do proceedings known as capital post-conviction relief and are willing to do it for $100 an hour, the rate set in statute. That has historically left the Arizona Supreme Court scrambling to find enough attorneys to handle the constant stream of death cases.
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Following the guidance of a U.S. Supreme Court justice, Attorney General Tom Horne has threatened to sue an effectively non-existent federal commission if it doesn’t put Arizona’s requirement of proof-of-citizenship on federal voter registration forms.
Horne is giving the U.S. Election Assistance Commission until Aug. 19 to act, stating in a July 26 letter to the commission’s acting executive director, Alice Miller, that Louisiana recently got approval to put requirements specific to the state on the federal forms.