Justice

Court: Inmate can sue state for being forced to work religious holiday

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled that a "devout Christian" Arizona inmate can sue prison officials who make him work on a religious holiday, forcing him "to choose between my God's laws and (prison) rules," in violation of his First Amendment rights.

May 18, 2018 Newscast | Cronkite News

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May 10, 2018 Newscast | Cronkite News

Cronkite News government and justice reporters bring reports about public policy, law enforcement, the courts and the state legislature.

Arizona ranks high for hit-and-run deaths, AAA report shows

WASHINGTON - Arizona had the fifth-highest fatal hit-and-run rate among states in 2016, a year that saw the most hit-and-runs fatalities nationwide, according to the AAA, which said that pedestrians and cyclists are the two most likely victims of hit-and-run accidents.

Feds no longer collect school shooting data, advocates left to scramble

WASHINGTON - As students walk out of classes to protest gun violence, the federal agency that had collected data on school shootings quietly stopped gathering it last year, leaving advocates scrambling to make sense of varied and sometimes conflicting private records.

State getting convictions as it slowly works through rape kit backlog

WASHINGTON - Since 2016, Arizona has methodically worked its way through a backlog of 6,424 rape kits that had been sitting in evidence rooms for years, testing more than half by this spring resulting in eight hits on suspects in previously unsolved crimes.

Immigration court backlog likely to grow in face of cuts, experts say

WASHINGTON - More than 684,000 cases are waiting to be heard in immigration courts across the country - 10,422 of them in Arizona - a number that is only expected to grow if the administration cuts an immigrant legal assistance program and adds case quotas for judges, advocates said.