John Lopez

Aug 20, 2022

Arizona Supreme Court explains decision to kill vote

Arizonans have no constitutional right to block lawmakers from cutting - or even eliminating - taxes, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Jan 6, 2022

Court makes statement, rules against lawmakers

The Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday issued a broad ruling that will change forever how state budgets are adopted. 

Jul 25, 2021

Supreme Court rules judges don’t need to justify juror dismissals

The Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled that trial judges in the state do not have to give explicit evidence for demeanor-based jury strikes unless the explanation offered by the prosecutor is deemed to be implausible.

Jan 14, 2021

Supreme Court opens door for more privacy intrusion

An Arizona Supreme Court ruling January 11 allows police to obtain information about people’s internet activity and identity without first getting a search warrant, making it easier for the government to see what most consider to be private information about their online habits.

prison, Phoenix Police Department, sentencing, Covid, Paycheck Protection Program, fraud, probation
Oct 9, 2020

Arizona can put juveniles in prison for life, state Supreme Court rules

Arizona judges are free to sentence juveniles to what amount to de facto life sentences despite U.S. Supreme Court rulings that appear to prohibit that, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Sep 4, 2019

Ducey appoints Montgomery to high court

Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Bill Montgomery to the Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon, making the controversial Maricopa County attorney Ducey’s fifth selection to the state’s highest court.

Aug 26, 2019

Hobbs asks court to dismiss challenge to 2014 election law

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is urging a federal judge to throw out a challenge to a law that could make it more difficult for groups to put initiatives on the ballot.

Jul 16, 2019

State Supreme Court gives deported man second chance at trial

In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, the justices said that Hector Sebastion Nuñez-Diaz never would have entered into a plea deal on a drug charge had he been informed it would result in his automatic removal from this country.

Jul 15, 2019

Federal lawsuit challenges law to regulate signature gatherers

A new lawsuit seeks to strike down a statute that can invalidate otherwise legitimate and qualified signatures on an initiative petition.

lawsuit, Pima County, apartment, fatal shooting
May 29, 2019

Supreme Court denies review of ruling against political law firm

A Phoenix law firm known for its political involvement and lawsuits will have to pay nearly $40,000 in legal fees over what a court concluded was unfounded litigation to try to stop what has become the largest medical marijuana cultivation facility in the state.

The Arizona Supreme Court from left are Robert Brutinel, John Lopez, John Pelander, Scott Bales, Andrew Gould, Clint Bolick, Ann Scott Timmer.
Dec 12, 2018

Justice John Pelander retiring from Arizona Supreme Court

Arizona Supreme Court Justice John Pelander announced Tuesday that he plans to retire, giving Republican Gov. Doug Ducey the chance to appoint his fourth justice to the seven-member high court.

The Arizona Supreme Court from left are Robert Brutinel, John Lopez, John Pelander, Scott Bales, Andrew Gould, Clint Bolick, Ann Scott Timmer.
Nov 22, 2018

Justices: Subpoenaed petition circulators must show for court

The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a legal tactic used by those seeking to keep voter-proposed laws off the ballot.