Legal

Federal judge rules on victim compensation in Arpaio civil contempt case

PHOENIX – A federal judge who ruled Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio violated a court order to curb racial profiling decided Tuesday the county will have to pay at least $1,000 to each person unlawfully detained. But the judge delayed a decision on other penalties until June 30.

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Federal appeals court upholds death sentences in 1977 Maricopa murders

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Thursday upheld the death sentences against Joseph Clarence Smith for the 1976 murders of two teenage girls while he was on probation for a previous rape.


Thousands gather for Phoenix officer David Glasser’s memorial service

PHOENIX — David Glasser was passionate, professional, and always hard working. “A great street cop.”


Relieved Maricopa County supervisors certify Prop 123, Prop 124 election

Updated at 5:50 p.m. May 26, 2016. PHOENIX -- The May 17 special election results have been approved by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and county election officials pledged to make sure the primary and general elections run smoothly.


Miranda rights turn 50: You have the right to remain silent

You may have heard it on TV: "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law." This short statement is part of the Miranda Warning that law enforcement officers are required to say before you are arrested.


Working hard? Do the new overtime rules impact you?

Workers earning less than $23,660 annually are guaranteed overtime pay when logging more than 40 hours per week. But on Dec. 1, the United States Department of Labor will update this overtime rule. The updated rule will mean workers who are paid $47,476 annually or less will now be guaranteed overtime pay.


VA officials respond to outcry over secretary’s ‘Disneyland’ comments

WASHINGTON - Department of Veterans' Affairs officials apologized this week for comments by Secretary Robert McDonald that compared VA health care wait times with wait times at Disneyland - but they didn't back down from the statement.


Tribal leaders call for return of remains, sacred items before auction

WASHINGTON - Tribal and federal officials called Monday's planned sale of Indian remains and sacred objects at a French auction "disrespectful and fundamentally wrong" and called for the return of the items.


Mr., Ms. Smith to go Washington: Citizens add voices on national issues

WASHINGTON — Over two days last week, three Arizonans - a teacher, a former student and a immigration case worker - came to Washington to add their voices to the debate over Merrick Garland's stalled Supreme Court nomination.


Cronkite News Legal Special: May 24, 2016

The Cronkite News team reports on legal issues from across Arizona, including efforts to fund housing for homeless veterans, an end to dog racing in the state and expanding internet access for low-income students.


Arizona education leaders call Prop 123 first step, still not enough to fund K-12 schools

PHOENIX — Education advocates Monday applauded the approval of Proposition 123 but said Arizona education is still being shorted billions of dollars.


Arizona teacher survey: Use Prop 123 to raise salaries

PHOENIX – Some Arizona teachers want Proposition 123 money to be used to increase teacher pay, but the state’s two major teacher associations disagree over how the money should be spent.