Justice

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.

Court OKs special prosecutor to fight Arpaio’s push to clear his record

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court approved the hiring of a special prosecutor to challenge former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's claim that his contempt of court conviction should be vacated after his presidential pardon, after the Justice Department said it sided with Arpaio.

Sheriffs wait to see details on Trump plan for soldiers on the border

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's announcement that he plans to send U.S. troops to patrol the border left southern Arizona sheriffs looking for details before committing to the "big step" that Trump said is needed until a border wall can be built.

Supreme Court reverses ruling against officer in Tucson police shooting

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Monday that a Tucson police officer cannot be sued for shooting a woman who refused to drop a knife as she stood in her driveway in 2010, with the justices taking the unusual step of reversing a lower court without holding a hearing on the case.

Giffords joins lawmakers, students at Capitol March for Our Lives rally

WASHINGTON - Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords did not speak, but her presence was clearly felt at a news conference of Democratic lawmakers and students from around the country who were demanding tougher gun laws, a prelude to the national March For Our Lives after Parkland, Florida, school shooting.