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The town of Gilbert is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to quash a bid by a tiny religious congregation to be able to post and leave up year round its signs directing people to its worship services.
PHOENIX -- Arizona cannot require people to produce proof of citizenship before they register to vote, at least not for federal elections, a federal appellate court ruled Friday.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona appeals court ruled Monday that the public should be able to watch testimony in the Jodi Arias trial, overruling a judge's unusual decision to allow a witness to testify in private as jurors weigh whether to give the convicted murderer the death penalty.
A three-judge panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled in favor of news organizations that were fighting Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens' surprise decision last Thursday to close the courtroom as the defense began its case.
Lawyers for The Arizona Republic and three Phoenix TV stations — KPNX, KPHO and KTVK — wanted the testimony halted while they appealed Stephens' ruling allowing an unidentified defense witness to testify in private.
However, the decision doesn't reveal the identity of the mystery witness who testified last week at the start of the defense case.
It also said that the appeals court "will address the merits of the special action petition in due course and after receiving any response or reply filed," so it's unclear how long the stay will last.
Arias was convicted last year of killing ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander at his home in suburban Phoenix on June 2008, but jurors deadlocked on her punishment. A new jury will decide whether she'll be sentenced to life imprisonment or death.
Prosecutors said Arias attacked Alexander in a jealous rage after he wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman.
Alexander was stabbed and slashed nearly 30 times, his throat was slit so deeply that he was nearly decapitated and he also was shot in the forehead. His body in left in a shower where friends found him about five days later.
Arias has acknowledged killing Alexander but claimed it was self-defense after he attacked her.
The case has been marked by secrecy ever since the conclusion of the first trial, which turned in to a media circus as salacious and violent details about Arias and Alexander were broadcast live for people around the world.
Since then, the judge has held one secret hearing after another and barred the broadcast of footage from the sentencing retrial until after a verdict is reached.
Arias' lawyers had argued that daily broadcasts of the trial would lead to defense witnesses backing out for fear of being harassed or threatened.
In addition, prosecutors have refused to provide details about what it has cost to twice put Arias on trial, saying the judge forbids them from discussing the case outside court. County officials, however, have reported that Arias' defense bill has topped $2.5 million, all being paid for by taxpayers.
A federal appeals court rejected a last-ditch plea by an Arizona prosecutor to salvage Proposition 100, potentially paving the way for dozens of people locked up while awaiting trial to now seek bail.
PHOENIX -- A federal appeals court rejected a last-ditch plea by an Arizona prosecutor to salvage Proposition 100, potentially paving the way for dozens of people locked up while awaiting trial to now seek bail.
The two Republican candidates running for Arizona Corporation Commission escaped further inquiry into their campaign finances Thursday by each agreeing to pay $1,000 fines.
PHOENIX -- The two Republican candidates running for Arizona Corporation Commission escaped further inquiry into their campaign finances Thursday by each agreeing to pay $1,000 fines.
Tom Forese and Doug Little essentially admitted that they committed to spending money on their joint campaign before they actually had the cash. That is a violation of election laws.
They also acknowledged that they did not properly report money they spent on things like campaign signs and petition circulators.
The deal was approved by a 3-1 vote by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission after Tom Collins, the panel's executive director, recommended it to them. He called it an "appropriate resolution'' of the issue.
Not everyone was pleased.
The Rev. Jarett Maupin, who filed complaints, said there was a general "slickness'' to the way the pair campaigned in the Republican primary were they beat out Lucy Mason and Vernon Parker. And Maupin said the preliminary inquiry done by Collins and his staff did not explore every aspect of that race.
This deal, he said, avoids the commission conducting a full-blown probe.
"I would hate to think the commission, with all the unanswered questions, would sell its integrity for $2,000,'' Maupin said. He said that if the commission levied the maximum possible penalties against the pair it would come close to $60,000.
Collins, however, said he found no evidence that either candidate, running with public dollars, had accepted outside cash or spent more than their allocations.
Only Commissioner Steve Titla voted against the settlement, calling the penalty "too low.''
The pair face off in the general election against Democrats Sandra Kennedy and Jim Holway.
PHOENIX -- The head of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission said Wednesday there's enough evidence to conclude two Republican candidates for Arizona Corporation Commission violated state campaign-finance laws.
Tom Collins, the commission's executive director, concluded Rep. Tom Forese failed to report in a timely fashion the $6,381 he paid to Americopy, subcontracting with Suzanne Dreher, to gather the signatures he needed to qualify for the ballot. And he said businessman Doug Little did not disclose as required another $4,155 he paid Dreher for his own signatures.
Collins also said both Forese and Little, running as a team, did not report as required that they had committed to pay Americopy for campaign signs and installation.
But the problems go deeper than that.
Collins said both candidates, running with public funds, were making deals to spend money they did not yet have, including more than $5,500 for those signs.
What Collins is recommending that the full commission, set to meet Thursday vote to authorize a full-blown investigation. That could result in fines equal to 10 times the amount of the violations.
Lee Miller, who is representing both candidates, said they will fight any effort to sanction them. He said that Collins is misinterpreting the law.
In essence, much of the legal question comes down to when money is actually "spent.''
Collins said commission rules prohibit publicly funded candidates from incurring debt or spending money beyond what they have on hand. And he said a contract, promise or agreement to make an expenditure resulting in someone extending credit to the candidate is just the same as paying the amount up front with cash.
In the case of the signs, Collins said the pair spent more than $19,000 which was not reported on campaign finance reports. Then there is that problem of their commitment to spend more than $5,500 more than they actually had on the date they incurred the debt.
The petition signatures present a slightly different problem.
Little and Forese said they gathered petitions through volunteers, online petitions and paid circulators. In that last case, they agreed to pay $1 to $1.50 per signature.
But while they were making payments as the signatures were coming in, Collins said they did not timely disclose the money going out.
The path to same-sex marriages in Arizona hit a bump Wednesday as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stayed Tuesday's ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voiding a similar law in Idaho.
It won't eliminate ObamaCare in Arizona, and it's unlikely to keep the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing new air quality rules on power plants here. But proponents of Proposition 122 insist that the proposed state constitutional amendment will give Arizona the power to rein in future federal government overreach, and it would do it through the power of the purse.
The Father of our Country on the Gilbert School Board? George Washington?
A man legally married in California whose husband died last week in Tucson wants a federal judge to issue an emergency order requiring Arizona to list him on the death certificate as the spouse.
Past generations of Americans defied the odds to achieve the right to participate in the political process — overcoming menacing threats of violence, arrest, and coercion, all to earn the right to vote. As United States citizens, we pride ourselves on living in a country that has become the standard-bearer of democratic values worldwide. But a troubling pattern has taken hold, threatening this distinction for generations to come.
Attorneys for dreamers are asking a federal appeals court to make good on its ruling that their clients are entitled to driver's licenses while they challenge Jan Brewer's interpretation of Arizona law.
A court-approved adoption while a biological parent is appealing his loss of parental rights is illegal and void, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
A transgender man is entitled to get a divorce in Arizona from his wife even though he kept his uterus and bore children with her, the state Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
Candidates cannot be held responsible when forged signatures turn up on their nominating petitions, even when they gathered the names themselves, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled this morning.
Badly trounced two years ago, former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson is crafting a new initiative to scrap partisan elections in Arizona.
Admitting the law is unconstitutional, state election officials agreed Thursday to stop enforcing a requirement for statewide candidates to get signatures on nominating petitions from voters in three counties.
It’s time to discuss the nightmare I experienced in the late ’80s, early ’90s. We were drawn to Ahwatukee in 1983 by a billboard near Elliot Road and Interstate 10, featuring large cutouts of a tennis player and golfer and much ado about what was offered here. Perfect. Our retirement dreams come true. We bought a house that day on Cheyenne Drive. Two lovely golf courses with club houses, restaurants, pro shops — clothes, equipment, gifts, etc. AND 14 lighted tennis courts, a center court with patio seating, club house with showers, locker rooms, lavatories, pro shop with clothes, tennis equipment, etc., located at the corner of 48th Street and Warner Road.
After signing a letter of intent to be acquired by Arizona State University, one of the state’s top business schools faces a hurdle that has hindered it in the past.
Come Jan. 1, thousands of Arizona veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will soon be able to obtain marijuana legally.
Arizona is not going to take center stage this year in the battle over genetically modified foods.
For the first time in more than three decades, Arizona voters are not going to get a chance to make their own laws.
Veteran Yuma state senator Don Shooter will have a foe in the Aug. 26 Republican primary.