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[SUNDAY FEATURE] All rise. The artificially intelligent judge is in the court

Posted by   /  November 18, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Featured News  /  No Comments

  A court hands down an opinion: thoughtfully reasoned, forcefully argued, eminently fair. It’s lauded widely — until it comes out that the author wasn’t a renowned judge but rather an advanced artificial intelligence system. The big question: Should the opinion be rejected because of its source, even if it’s indistinguishable from — or better […]

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Judge tosses lawsuit challenging Arizona state Rep.-elect Raquel Terán’s citizenship

Posted by   /  November 14, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Dustin Gardiner | Arizona Republic A lawsuit that falsely alleged Arizona state Rep.-elect Raquel Terán isn’t a U.S. citizen was swiftly dismissed in Maricopa County Superior Court on Wednesday. Terán, a Democrat from west Phoenix, was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in last week’s midterm elections. A lawsuit, filed by an anti-immigrant […]

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Trump fumes about ‘corruption’ in Arizona, suggests ‘new election’; Arizona parties settle their election lawsuits

Posted by   /  November 9, 2018  /  2018 Elections, Courts/Law  /  No Comments

By Bob Fredericks | New York Post Democrat Kyrsten Sinema pulled ahead of Republican Rep. Martha McSally in Arizona’s Senate race on Friday, prompting an angry President Trump to cry “corruption” and suggest “a new Election.” “Just out — in Arizona, SIGNATURES DON’T MATCH. Electoral corruption — Call for a new Election? We must protect […]

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With Arizona Senate seat at stake, Republicans sue county recorders

Posted by   /  November 8, 2018  /  2018 Elections, Courts/Law  /  No Comments

  By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic With the U.S. Senate seat hanging in the balance, the Yuma, Navajo, Apache and Maricopa County Republican parties filed a lawsuit against all Arizona county recorders and the Secretary of State late Wednesday. The Republican groups are challenging the way counties verify signatures on […]

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High Court: Age discrimination law applies to small government agencies

Posted by   /  November 7, 2018  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

  By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Two former Mount Lemmon firefighters have won the right to sue the tiny department for age discrimination. In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments by attorneys for the district located outside of Tucson that they were not subject to […]

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Supreme Court refuses to halt young people’s climate lawsuit

Posted by   /  November 3, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

  Daily Beast The Supreme Court refused to halt a lawsuit filed by 21 young people who are accusing the U.S. government of violating their constitutional rights by not fighting climate change, The Washington Post reports. The court denied the Trump Administration’s emergency request to stop the 2015 lawsuit. Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch […]

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Dissenting justices explain their decisions in ballot case for education tax

Posted by   /  November 2, 2018  /  2018 Elections, Courts/Law, Education  /  No Comments

They said the voters should have gotten the last word instead of taking measure off the ballot By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Ahwatukee Foothills News Two justices of the Arizona Supreme Court are criticizing their colleagues for their decision blocking voters from deciding whether to increase income taxes on the wealthiest to […]

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Colorado homeowners lose case against next door cannabis biz; ‘ruling a step forward’ says Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group Partner and Director of Medical Cannabis Department

Posted by   /  November 1, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Medical Marijuana, Real Estate  /  No Comments

  The marijuana business had been sued for damages under anti-racketeering laws. The case was seen as a major threat to the state’s cannabis industry By John Ingold | The Colorado Sun A southern Colorado marijuana grow facility did not hurt the property values of a neighboring couple, a jury in Denver decided Wednesday, ending […]

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Court: ‘Ballot harvesting’ ban not 1st Amendment violation

Posted by   /  October 31, 2018  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times A federal appeals court has rebuffed yet another attempt to void the state’s 2016 ban on so called “ballot harvesting.” In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by Democrat activist Rivko Knox that making it […]

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Sandra Day O’Connor ‘rejected Chief Justice Rehnquist’s marriage proposal’ in 1950s

Posted by   /  October 31, 2018  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

  By Daily Beast Sandra Day O’Connor — the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court—apparently turned down a marriage proposal from William Rehnquist, who would go on be chief justice, when they studied together in the 1950s. The revelation comes from author Evan Thomas, who found letters between the two during his research […]

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