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Federal judge blocks Arizona ban on driver's licenses for young immigrants
January 23, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Thursday made permanent an injunction that requires the state to issue driver's licenses to immigrants who were brought illegally to the US as children. The young people, known as Dreamers, were granted a deferral of deportation by Pr....... [more]

Arizona passes law requiring high school students to pass citizenship test
January 17, 2015
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Thursday signed legislation that will require all Arizona High School students to take and pass the US Citizenship test before they are able to graduate, beginning in the 2016-17 school year. Supporters from the Arizona State Legislature introduced the American Civics....... [more]

Michigan governor vetoes gun legislation
January 16, 2015
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Thursday vetoed gun legislation supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and approved by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislation. Governor Snyder, a Republican endorsed by the NRA in his bid for reelection last fall, felt pressure from....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on religious rights, natural gas
January 13, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Monday. In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona the court heard arguments on whether the town of Gilbert's content-based ordinance regarding city signs is content-neutral and not discriminatory. The case was brought by the Good News Community Church....... [more]

Supreme Court to hear Arizona religious rights case
January 11, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday will hear a new religious rights case about whether an Arizona town violated a church's rights by requiring it to remove signs regarding its worship services. In the appeal by the Good News Community Church of Gilber, AZ, the church argues that by forcing them to remov....... [more]

Ohio to change lethal injections drug protocol
January 9, 2015
Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) announced Thursday that it is revising its execution protocol to no longer use the two-drug combination that caused the troubling 26-minute execution of Dennis McGuire last January. Ohio was scrutinized after the state executed McGuire with an....... [more]

Federal judge blocks use of Arizona identity theft laws
January 6, 2015
Judge David Campbell for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Monday ruled Maricopa County officials may not enforce two Arizona identity-theft laws used to convict hundreds of undocumented immigrant workers. The court ordered an immediate halt to the state's enforcement of identity....... [more]

Kazakhstan police now required to read suspects rights when making arrests
January 5, 2015
Amirkhan Amanbaev with the Kazakhstan prosecutor general's office said Monday that the newly adopted Kazakhstan Criminal Procedural code will require police to read suspects their rights when making arrests. The suspects' rights are based on the Miranda warnings used in America and will require the....... [more]

Supreme Court declines to review injunction in Arizona abortion case
December 16, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an injunction preventing the implementation of Arizona's HB 2306, considered one of the strictest abortion laws in the country. The injunction, upheld in June by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, will remain in effect until a challeng....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Arizona law on smuggling immigrants
November 10, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Friday struck down an Arizona law that made smuggling immigrants a state crime because it conflicts with federal laws governing immigration. The law was passed in 2005 and designed to prosecute those trafficking people into the country....... [more]

Federal judge orders Arizona sheriff to undergo racial profiling training
October 29, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Tuesday ordered Maricopa Country sheriff Joe Arpaio to undergo the same training as his deputies to assist in the prevention of racial profiling and unlawful detention in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) as part of the ongoi....... [more]




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