An Arizona death-row prisoner who was convicted in the 1996 murders of six people convinced the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals he has a valid claim the Arizona Department of Corrections illegally read mail intended for his lawyer.Read More »
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A federal appellate court decided today to allow a lawsuit alleging that Arizona’s prison health care and confinement conditions amount to cruel and unusual punishment to proceed as a class action involving 33,000 prisoners.Read More »
A federal judge today overturned jury convictions on eight of nine counts of wire fraud for a former legislative staffer who had admitted in court that he took about $128,000 in campaign funds from former Speaker Jim Weiers.Read More »
A federal judge in Phoenix on Tuesday certified a class action lawsuit alleging securities fraud against First Solar and its executives, a company that is selling a Mesa plant that Gov. Jan Brewer once hoped would be a shining example of solar investment.Read More »
A federal appellate court has agreed to decide whether Arizona’s 33,000 prisoners can be in a lawsuit alleging that prison healthcare and confinement conditions amount to cruel and unusual punishment.Read More »
Attorneys for the Independent Redistricting Commission and Republican voters filed their final written briefs Wednesday in a lawsuit to determine whether Arizona’s legislative map should be redrawn.Read More »
Federal judges hearing a civil suit brought by Republican voters who claim the state's new legislative maps were illegally drawn to benefit Democrats questioned lawyers Friday about whether some members of the commission that made the maps were free of political influence.Read More »
A panel of three federal judges is set to hear closing arguments in a civil suit brought by Republican voters who claim the state's new legislative maps were drawn up to give Democrats a better chance of winning seats in the state Legislature.Read More »
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 »
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.