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Paradise Valley CC Student Sues School Over Denial of Free Speech

The Daily Signal:  “A student at an Arizona community college is challenging her school’s so-called ‘speech zone,’ arguing the policy “severely limited” her right to free speech and due process.  Brittany Mirelez, a freshman at Paradise Valley Community College in Maricopa County, Ariz., was kicked out of the designated speech zone in October for failing…

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Feds Charge Developer Alex Papas with Fraud, Conspiracy

Arizona Republic:  “An Arizona real-estate developer was arrested last week on fraud and bankruptcy charges stemming from an alleged scheme to hide $17 million in assets.  Alex Papakyriakou, also known as Alex Papas, 57, of Phoenix is accused of bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bankruptcy-related offenses, including concealing assets and falsifying records, according to…

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Arizona to Pay $99,999 settlement in Tom Horne Retaliation Case

Arizona Republic: Arizona “State officials are set to pay $99,999 to a former criminal investigator for Attorney General Tom Horne who claimed she faced retaliation for reporting allegations of wrongdoing to the FBI, including that Horne may have violated campaign-finance laws, The Arizona Republic has learned.  The dollar amount compensates former criminal investigator Margaret ‘Meg’…

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Fed Grand Jury Seeks Arizona Pension Documents

Arizona Republic:  “The pension system for Arizona police and firefighters has received a federal grand-jury subpoena to turn over ‘a long list’ of documents as part of a criminal investigation into whether pension-trust managers inflated certain real-estate investment values to trigger staff bonuses.  The trust board of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System voted at…

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Arizona Supreme Court Rejects Law that Changed Judge Selection Process

Arizona Republic:  “The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday that a new state law changing the nominating process for appeals court judges is unconstitutional because it makes a fundamental change in the balance of power between a voter-approved nominating commission and the governor.  The high court said in its ruling that the law directly conflicts with…

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Arizona Supreme Court Ruling Causes Mesa to Rewrite Anti-Tattoo Parlor Ordinance

Arizona Republic:  “Stung by an adverse ruling from the Arizona Supreme Court, Mesa is drastically loosening its rules on tattoo parlors. . . . With legal help from the Goldwater Institute, the Colemans sued Mesa, charging that the city had quashed their First Amendment right to artistic expression.  Last September, the Arizona Supreme Court sided…

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Arizona’s anti-abortion Medicaid law struck down

Arizona Republic:  “Arizona has lost another battle in its ongoing war to restrict abortions, adding to a growing list of defeats this year for the state’s anti-abortion movement.  On Thursday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Arizona cannot strip Medicaid funding from doctors and clinics that perform abortions, upholding a lower-court ruling. …