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As allegations increase against Backpage, founders have become big political donors in Arizona

Posted by   /  April 15, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

This article was reported and written by Sarah Jarvis, Lily Altavena and Kelsey Hess, students in an investigative-reporting class at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. A federal grand jury in Phoenix is hearing evidence against Michael Lacey and James Larkin, the founders of the controversial classified-ad website […]

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[IN-DEPTH] Siege has ended, but battle over public lands rages on

Posted by   /  April 14, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment, Featured News, Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

A year after the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge, new and old players wage battle over what and whom the lands are for By Kirk Johnson | The New York Times URNS, Ore. — A year ago, this corner of rural Oregon became center stage in the drawn-out drama over public lands when […]

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Federal fair housing law protects LGBT couples, court rules for first time

Posted by   /  April 12, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Fred Barbash | The Washington Post A federal judge, in a first, ruled Wednesday that the federal law barring housing discrimination protects LGBT people. The married couple who brought the case — Rachel Smith, a transgender woman, and Tonya Smith — were denied a rental townhouse along with their two children by a landlord […]

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Rep. Grijalva sues Trump Administration over border wall

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

Congressman Raul Grijalva (AZ03) has teamed up with the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity to sue the Trump administration over the proposed border wall. The suit seeks to ensure that environmental laws—and all the red tape and studies that come with them—are enforced as Trump moves forward with his wall. Related: ACLU sues for Phoenix […]

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Toltec settling land acquisition lawsuits

Posted by   /  April 12, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Education, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Kevin Reagan | Pinal Central The Toltec School District is close to settling a number of civil suits it filed in a pursuit to buy land for future development. Starting in 2015, the school district filed more than a dozen civil complaints in Pinal County Superior Court against landowners it wanted to buy property […]

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Arizona history serves as key legal argument in states’ court brief supporting Trump travel ban

Posted by   /  April 11, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics, Immigration  /  No Comments

By Emily L. Mahoney | Cronkite News When 13 states recently filed a brief in support of President Trump’s travel ban, they used Arizona’s rocky history of immigration enforcement at the core of their legal argument. Citing Arizona v. United States, the states aim to turn Arizona’s defeat over the notorious SB1070 into a victory […]

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Court rules campus medical marijuana not a crime; ‘A victory,’ says Ryan Hurley, Rose Law Group partner and director of Medical Marijuana Dept.

Posted by   /  April 6, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Marijuana  /  No Comments

By Ray Stern | Phoenix New Times A 2012 Arizona law that erased legal protections for medical-marijuana holders on college campuses has been found unconstitutional by the state Court of Appeals. At the same time, the court tossed the conviction of Arizona State University student Andre Maestas, who was charged under the law in 2015 […]

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McCain condemns GOP nuclear option to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court pick

Posted by   /  April 5, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

KTAR.com Senate Republicans plan to use a so-called nuclear option to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee this week, an option that Arizona Sen. John McCain is not on board with. “That after 200 years — at least 100 years of this tradition where the Senate has functioned pretty well — they think it […]

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Forfeiture reforms move closer to becoming law

Posted by   /  April 4, 2017  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Without a single dissent, state senators approved changes Monday in Arizona laws designed to sharply curb the ability of prosecutors and police to seize property. The measure includes a new requirement that prosecutors must prove by “clear and convincing evidence” that the items they want […]

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U.S. Supreme Court declines Arizona diaper changing case, upholds molestation conviction

Posted by   /  April 4, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Family Law  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times The nation’s high court has upheld a criminal conviction that the chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court openly feared could lead to child molesting charges against parents for routine actions. Without comment the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review the conviction […]

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