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Arizona nominee for federal judgeship grilled by GOP senators in hearing – Cronkite News

Republican senators on Wednesday grilled Arizona attorney Roopali Desai, a nominee to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, over her history of working for progressive causes and her work fighting claims of 2020 election fraud. Many were like Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., who voiced concerns during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Desai about her

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Supreme Court weighs claims in two Arizona death penalty appeals

The Supreme Court on Wednesday grappled with the question of whether two Arizona death-row inmates can pursue new claims in federal court, or whether federal law prohibits hearings into those claims. Barry Lee Jones, convicted in the 1994 murder of a 4-year-old girl in Tucson, said his trial attorney failed to develop evidence that could

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Appeals court rules for Trump taking military money for wall

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that a lower court was wrong to bar the Trump administration from taking $3.6 billion from military construction projects for a border wall. A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that El Paso County and the nonprofit Border Network for Human Rights did not have

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Arizona faces back-to-back court hearings with weeks to Election Day

The road to the ballot box in Arizona apparently runs through the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard two cases in just the past two days concerning ballots and voter registration in the state. Late Tuesday night, the court ruled in one of those cases, reversing a lower court order that had extended

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