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Expert testimony on behavior of domestic violence victims permitted, court rules; decision is just, says Kaine Fisher, Rose Law Group partner, director Family Law Dept.

Posted by   /  August 16, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Family Law  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Juries are entitled to hear from experts who can explain why domestic violence victims often forgive their attackers, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The justices rejected arguments by Mark Haskie Jr. that he did not get a fair trial because jurors heard from an […]

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Arizona attorneys ask U.S. Supreme Court to review state death-penalty statute

Posted by   /  August 16, 2017  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

By Michael Kiefer | The Republic Arizona defense attorneys on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether state statutes give too much discretion to prosecutors to determine which murders deserve to be punished by a death penalty, and whether the inability of certain counties to fund capital trials violates the due process clause […]

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Trump ‘seriously considering’ a pardon for ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Posted by   /  August 15, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Gregg Jarrett | Fox News President Trump may soon issue a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the colorful former Arizona sheriff who was found guilty two weeks ago of criminal contempt for defying a state judge’s order to stop traffic patrols targeting suspected undocumented immigrants. In his final years as Maricopa County sheriff, Arpaio had […]

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U.S. lawsuit over Arizona farmworkers shines light on Visa program

Posted by   /  August 12, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics, Immigration  /  No Comments

As demand for temporary workers soars, Labor Department cracks down on living conditions described as ‘horror show’ By Alejandro Lazo | The Wall Street Journal L MIRAGE, Ariz.— For the last two seasons, G Farms has depended on legal migrant workers to harvest potatoes, onions and watermelons growing in its fields on the outskirts of […]

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Regents ask AG to hold off on filing suit over ‘dreamers’ policy

Posted by   /  August 11, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Education, Immigration  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Saying they are comfortable with their decision, members of the Board of Regents told Attorney General Mark Brnovich Thursday they have no plans to hike tuition for dreamers — at least not until the Supreme Court orders them to do it. In a letter […]

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Indian Child Welfare Act harms Native American children through separate and unequal set of rules, new Goldwater Institute paper argues

Posted by   /  August 10, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Family Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Goldwater Institute Phoenix—A federal law intended to protect Native American children does more harm than good because its substandard rules deny them equal protection, a new Goldwater Institute paper explains. In the paper, Escaping the ICWA Penalty Box: In Defense of Equal Protection for Indian Children, Goldwater Institute Vice President for Litigation Timothy Sandefur delves into […]

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REGIONAL NEWS for Aug. 10, 2017: New studies anticipate slowdown, disbursement of apartment construction as the market tops out.

Posted by   /  August 10, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Regional News  /  No Comments

  Denver apartment-building frenzy nears end – slowdown predicted in 2018 New Mexico: That’s a wrap: Another record year for films Nevada: Tesla wants to test tech for self-driving semi-trucks California: Democratic Fight Is a Warning for the National Party Utah lights up rooftop solar proposal as Rocky Mountain Power negotiates with clean-energy advocates

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Halt freeway work, opponents again ask court

Posted by   /  August 10, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Transportation  /  No Comments

By Paul Maryniak | Ahwatukee Foothills News Opponents of the South Mountain Freeway have asked an appellate court panel to prevent blasting and further bridge construction in the Ahwatukee segment of the controversial thoroughfare. Stating that blasting “will permanently destroy valuable aspects of the environment,” lead plaintiffs Ahwatukee-based Protect Arizona’s Resources and Children and the […]

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State’s legal bill reaching $500,000 to defend ex-PSPRS staff in Desert Troon civil suit

Posted by   /  August 10, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law, Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Craig Harris | azcentral.com The state’s legal tab is nearing a half-million dollars to defend four former high-level Public Safety Personnel Retirement System employees who alleged wrongdoing over real estate investments and then were sued by Scottsdale-based Desert Troon, which managed those properties. The cost to taxpayers is expected to rise, as the 3-year-old […]

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Judge: New Arizona law regulating citizen initiatives can take effect, for now

Posted by   /  August 9, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Alexa Chryssovergis and Alia Beard Rau | The Republic A new state law making it tougher for residents to put issues on the ballot will take effect Wednesday, a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge has ruled. But “it’s certainly a possibility” the ruling will be appealed to the Arizona Supreme Court, said attorney Roopali […]

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