Justice

Arizona lawmaker brings personal story, gun-reform plea to Washington

WASHINGTON - State Rep. Jennifer Longdon, D-Phoenix, didn't need to tell congressional lawmakers Thursday about the harm firearms can do: She showed them, when she rolled her wheelchair into a House hearing on the costs of gun violence.


Arizona official touts ‘holistic’ approach to combating trafficking

WASHINGTON - Human trafficking is a massive problem, which is why Arizona has adopted a "massive approach" to dealing with it, a state official told a gathering of government and business leaders in Washington on Tuesday.


Migrant families sue over ‘extraordinary harms’ of family separation

WASHINGTON - Five asylum-seeking families have sued the government for the "substantial and ongoing trauma" they say they suffered after being separated from one another when they crossed the border from Mexico into Arizona last year.


McCain, McSally: State at forefront on human trafficking, more work remains

WASHINGTON - Officials at a forum on human trafficking said Arizona is "leading at the state level" on prevention, but warned that people need to remain vigilant to what one speaker called a trafficking "epidemic" in the state.


Giffords report claims gun violence in Arizona costs state billions

WASHINGTON - A new report claims that Arizona loses as much as $1.9 billion every year to costs directly associated with gun violence, from lost wages to expenses on everything from health care to police and criminal justice.


Court identifies First Amendment right for witnesses to hear executions

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that witnesses to Arizona executions have a First Amendment right to hear the entire execution process to help determine if executions are done "in a humane and lawful manner."

Florence Prison Complex photo

Arizona Supreme Court: Freedom of speech trumps anti-discrimination law

WASHINGTON - The Arizona Supreme Court Monday sided with two Phoenix women who said a city law aimed at preventing discrimination would have forced them to violate their Christian faith by creating custom invitations for same-sex weddings.


One act, two takes: Tucson mosque debates whether act was hate crime

WASHINGTON - When tenants of a student housing complex poured beer and tossed cans from a balcony onto children in the Islamic Center of Tucson's parking lot last month, some city officials saw a hate crime, but mosque representatives have been hesitant to call it that.


Opponents promise Supreme Court decision won’t be last word on asylum

WASHINGTON - Critics vowed Thursday that the Supreme Court's decision to allow the Trump administration's restrictive asylum policy move forward will not be the last word and that they intend to keep challenging the plan.


House panel questions officials on efforts to help Native women

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers questioned administration officials Wednesday on what they are doing to deal with the problem of missing and murdered indigenous women - and they weren't always satisfied with the answers.


House panel’s votes on gun bills give likely preview of battles to come

WASHINGTON - A House panel worked late into the night in a sometimes heated, sometimes emotional hearing on gun-control bills Tuesday, a potential preview of congressional debates to come in the weeks after a string of mass shootings.


Court: Death-row inmate should get new chance to show lawyer failed him

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled that an Arizona death-row inmate should have another chance to prove his attorney did not fully investigate evidence of his intellectual disabilities in his trial for a 1989 Phoenix double-murder.