Justice

Supreme Court to hear murder appeal that could affect 20 death-row cases

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will hear the appeal of an Arizona death-row inmate who claims state courts wrongly used old law to reaffirm his death sentences for two 1991 murders - a ruling his attorneys said could affect as many as 19 other capital cases in Arizona.

Cross-border shooting in Nogales likely to turn on ruling in Texas case

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court will consider if a Mexican family can sue a Border Patrol agent who was standing in Texas when he fatally shot their teenage son who was in Ciudad Juarez - a ruling that will affect a nearly identical case in Nogales, where a Sonoran family is suing over their son's death.

Court orders new hearing for groups trying to ban lead ammo in Kaibab

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Thursday ordered a new hearing for environmental groups trying to ban the use of lead shot in Kaibab National Forest that they said poses a threat to endangered California condors who ingest the toxic metal.

Doing more time: Ex-felons face long odds, long wait to restore voting rights

TUCSON - The years paying off their debt to society is just the starr for ex-felons who are trying to regain their votiing rights - they face more years and hurdles in Arizona, one of the more difficult states to get the vote back. But former felons say it's worth the fight, and some state officials and advocates agree.

Supreme Court turns down Arpaio, who vows fight to vacate conviction

WASHINGTON - Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio vowed to continue fighting to clear his name of a criminal contempt of court conviction for racial profiling, after the Supreme Court rejected his challenge of an appeals court ruling in the case.