Neil Wake

Oct 19, 2021

Court rules state must ask Congress to tap trust fund for schools

Gov. Doug Ducey or whoever succeeds him can't conduct a future financial raid on a school trust fund account without first getting congressional approval, a judge has ruled. 

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Apr 13, 2018

Ducey’s office paid $695,000 in losing legal battle

Gov. Doug Ducey’s office paid nearly $700,000 to private law firms in a losing effort to defend an embattled ballot initiative that increased school funding disbursements from the state land trust.

Mar 29, 2018

The man who took Gov. Doug Ducey to court – and won

Two years ago, Michael Pierce sued Gov. Doug Ducey and other state officials, asking a judge to overturn Proposition 123 — a ballot measure that increased school funding disbursements from the state land trust.

Mar 26, 2018

Prop 123 illegal, federal judge rules

A federal judge ruled Monday that the funding scheme used by Gov. Doug Ducey to increase aid to schools is unconstitutional.

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Mar 26, 2018

Judge: Ducey’s boost of land trust pay for schools illegal

A federal judge says Arizona may have to repay at least $344 million to the state land trust because a school funding settlement championed by Gov. Doug Ducey violates federal law.

Feb 27, 2018

Time has come to save mentally ill inmates from solitary confinement

The time has long passed for this relic of Sheriff Arpaio’s regime to be closed down. Sheriff Penzone has shown he is willing to reform the jail to bring it in line with sound correctional practices, and to enhance public safety. The next step on this path is to shutter the SMU.

Apr 4, 2017

Federal judge sets AZ man free, calls molestation law unconstitutional

Calling the statute a "grievous threat to due process of law,'' a federal judge has released a convicted child molester after ruling the law imposes unconstitutional burdens on defendants to prove their innocence.

Mar 17, 2017

Federal court finds no child endangered by Indian adoption law

A federal judge threw out a bid March 16 to void federal laws that challengers claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American tribes over the constitutionally protected best interests of children.

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May 19, 2016

Ruling keeps in play a temporary ban on Arizona executions

A ruling by a federal judge Wednesday night kept in play a temporary ban on executions in Arizona, but it also allows condemned prisoners to press forward with a lawsuit protesting the way the state has carried out the death penalty.

Commission chair Colleen Mathis, middle, pours over possible congressional redistricting maps as she is flanked by commissioners Linda McNulty, left, and commission vice chair, Scott Freeman during an Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission meeting Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Aug 28, 2014

Republicans want US Supreme Court to scrap legislative district map

Claiming illegal political motives, attorneys for Republicans are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to void the lines drawn by the Independent Redistricting Commission for the state’s 30 legislative districts.

Jul 30, 2014

State asks judge to throw out inmates’ lawsuit, saying it ‘borders on the ridiculous’

The state is asking federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 34,000 inmates, saying there's no evidence each and every prisoner is at risk.

May 20, 2014

Federal judge rejects Green Party’s bid to qualify for 2014 ballot

A federal judge has rebuffed a last minute – and untimely – bid by the Arizona Green Party to get itself and its candidates on this year’s ballot.