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District Court judge sentences Arredondo to probation (access required)

Artist's rendering of Rep. Ben Arredondo and his attorney at his Oct. 5 hearing. (Illustration by Maggie Keane)

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.

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Pearce says District 25 dispute is over cheating (access required)

Russell Pearce (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Former Senate President Russell Pearce said the dispute over organizational elections in Legislative District 25 is over cheating, not a power struggle between political factions as it has been portrayed in a federal lawsuit.

Pearce, a precinct committeeman in the heavily conservative Mesa district, said the lawsuit, filed Dec. 24 in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, is an attempt to cover up cheating and fraud that was committed by a few people.

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Prop 114 overwhelmingly approved (access required)

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Voters overwhelmingly favored approving a constitutional amendment barring criminals from suing their victims. The Crime Victims Protection Act has a lead of 80 percent to 20 percent with 90 percent of precincts counted.

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TUSD disbands Mexican American Studies program (access required)

The state will no longer be mired in litigation over Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies program. TUSD’s governing board and a federal judge made sure of that Jan. 10 when they respectively disbanded the program and dismissed 11 teachers as plaintiffs in a constitutional challenge to the 2010 law that restricts the teaching of ethnic studies in the state, which was passed as HB2281.

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