Justice

Sinema joins GOP, two Democrats, to confirm Barr as attorney general

WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was one of just three Democrats who crossed party lines and voted to confirm William Barr as attorney general, despite critics' concerns that Barr might not defend probes of the Trump administration. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, also voted for Barr.

Arizona high court hears appeal of Phoenix law protecting LGBT rights

PHOENIX – The Arizona Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over the non-discrimination ordinance Phoenix approved in 2013 to protect the rights of gay Americans. The Christian owners of a calligraphy studio argue the law violates their rights to free speech and religion.

Court: Tucson man wrongly jailed cannot collect for years behind bars

WASHINGTON - A Tucson man who spent 42 years in prison on 28 arson-related murder counts that were later vacated cannot now collect damages for the years he spent behind bars, a federal appeals court ruled, adding that it took "no pleasure in reaching this unfortunate result,"

A trip to India set Cindy McCain on a mission against human trafficking

PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey and Cindy McCain, co-chair of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council, discussed their work to slow human trafficking and work with traumatized victims. The council has trained 31,000 people – first responders, counselors, nurses, and juvenile probation officers – so spot signs of human trafficking

Supreme Court won’t hear Arizona law denying bail in sex-assault cases

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to revive a voter-approved Arizona law that would deny bail to suspects in sexual assault cases, declining without comment to review a 2018 Arizona Supreme Court ruling that struck the law down as unconstitutional.

Court says Tucson woman can use battered woman syndrome as defense

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ordered a new trial for a Tucson woman who was convicted of illegally buying a gun for a violent former boyfriend, saying she was wrongly denied the chance to present evidence of battered woman syndrome in her defense.

New Congress likely to resume torrid pace of judicial confirmations

WASHINGTON - Democrats are gearing up for change in Washington after their midterm election surge, but the GOP still holds the upper hand in judicial nominations, with the Senate likely to resume the torrid pace of confirmations for President Donald Trump's judicial nominees next year.

Victims of Baptist Foundation scheme still recovering 20 years later

PHOENIX – Anne Mezzapelle Cacace was one of 11,000 investors who lost $580 million when the Baptist Foundation of Arizona, or BFA, a registered nonprofit, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1999, in what prosecutors described as a Ponzi scheme. To this day, it is considered one of the largest affinity frauds in U.S history.

Buckle up? Not in every seat in Arizona, which some experts frown on

WASHINGTON - Buckling up saves lives, particularly during the busy holiday travel season, but safety experts saw Arizona's relatively lax seatbelt laws leave a lot to be desired. One state expert disagrees, saying Arizona actually does better on seatbelt use than many states with stricter laws.