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Arizona Supreme Court rejects redistricting suit

Arizona’s highest court is refusing to put an open meeting law case related to redistricting on a fast track in the state court system.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office wanted the state Supreme Court to decide an appeal without having it heard first by the mid-level Arizona Court of Appeals.

The appeal is of a trial judge’s ruling that shut down an investigation of whether the state’s redistricting commission had violated the open meeting law.

Judge Dean Fink of Maricopa County Superior Court ruled last December that the commission isn’t bound by the open meeting law that generally requires public bodies to do their work in open view.

The Supreme Court’s action Wednesday means the justices won’t consider hearing the appeal before the Court of Appeals rules.

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