Justice

Victims of Baptist Foundation scheme still recovering 20 years later

PHOENIX – Anna 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.

Report: Crimes against Native women vastly underreported in urban areas

WASHINGTON - A lack of solid data in government and law enforcement records has led to the underreporting of hundreds of deaths and thousands of missing persons cases for Native American women and girls who are living in urban areas, a new report says.

Ex-felons can reclaim voting rights, but hundreds of thousands don’t

WASHINGTON - A recent study estimated that as many as 212,170 Arizonans were not able to cast a ballot in this year's elections because of a felony conviction in their past. Former felons can regain the right to vote in Arizona, if they pay their debts, but many are not aware of the process.

Supreme Court sides with Arizona firefighters in age-bias lawsuit

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said two Arizona firefighters can sue the Mount Lemmon Fire District for age bias after being laid off when they were the oldest employees there, rejecting the department's claim that it is not subject to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Appeals court rejects latest challenge to state’s ‘ballot harvesting’ law

WASHINGTON - Yet another legal challenge to Arizona's "ballot harvesting" law was shot down in federal court Wednesday when a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to overturn the law known as HB 2023 - what one critic dubbed the "you can't help your elderly and disabled neighbor vote law."