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May 27, 2023

Election denier Finchem penalized $40K, Lake off the hook

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Melissa Julian ordered Finchem to pay $40,565 in legal fees and costs to Adrian Fontes, the Democrat who defeated him in the November election.

Lake, governor, campaign, election, Sinema, Senate
Mar 23, 2023

Court gives Lake last chance to prove election compromised

In an order late Wednesday, the justices tossed out virtually all the claims by the failed Republican candidate that there was misconduct in how the election was conducted, but Chief Justice Robert Brutinel said Lake should have had a chance to argue to the trial court that Maricopa County used improper procedures to verify the signatures on early ballots.

Oct 12, 2022

Jurors receive 1st pay hike in 50 years

Jurors are now eligible for up to $300 a day in Arizona Superior Courts, the first such pay increase in more than 50 years. 

Aug 25, 2022

Arizona Supreme Court allows ballot measures to stand

Arizonans will be able to vote in November on two controversial ballot measures even though petition circulators did not comply with the law, the state Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday.

Nov 2, 2021

Court rules against lawmakers in single-subject dispute

The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday voided a ban on mask mandates in public schools and a host of other legislative changes, ruling it was illegal for lawmakers to pile them into a handful of budget bills. 

judges, election, Ward, phone records
Aug 19, 2021

Court rules Prop 208 surcharge can stay – for now

The Arizona Supreme Court on August 19 ruled the income tax surcharge on the wealthy can remain, at least for the time being.

May 3, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear last challenge to Arizona election

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out what is likely the last legal challenge remaining about the choice of Arizona voters of Joe Biden for president.

Mar 26, 2021

Ducey’s next Supreme Court pick stirs speculation

The legal community is abuzz speculating about who will be Gov. Doug Ducey’s record-smashing sixth Arizona Supreme Court appointment after the retirement of Justice Andrew Gould.

Mar 26, 2021

New judge to oversee attorney discipline

Margaret Downie will be Arizona’s second ever presiding disciplinary judge, the state Supreme Court announced Thursday.

Mar 18, 2021

Court task force to examine no-knock raids

A legislative effort to ban no-knock warrants in Arizona is destined to die in committee, but the bill’s sponsor is hopeful that a new Arizona Supreme Court task force can help address the same concerns.

Mar 12, 2021

Supreme Court justice to retire

A Gov. Doug Ducey-appointed Supreme Court justice announced his retirement today, effective April 1, after about three years on the bench, capping a total of 20 years as a judge.

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.