Latest Arizona Supreme Court News

Death sentence upheld in death of Arizona girl locked in box

Jul. 26, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction and death sentence handed down to a woman in the 2011 suffocation of her 10-year-old cousin who was locked in a plastic storage box as punishment and left to die. In a decision Tuesday, the justices rejected...

Court won't fast-track Arizona AG's election fight appeal

Jul. 06, 2022 22:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to fast-track an appeal from Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich after a judge sided with Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs over election rules. The decision means there is unlikely to be time before the...

House GOP floats school funding revamp, voucher expansion

Jun. 14, 2022 21:10 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican leaders of the Arizona House introduced legislation Tuesday that will substantially revamp the state's school funding formula, add about $200 million in new yearly funding for K-12 schools and create a universal private school voucher system. But the...

Arizona Supreme Court says anonymous juries constitutional

Jun. 14, 2022 19:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that state courts can keep juror identities secret, rejecting a challenge from a southern Arizona journalist who argued that the right to observe trials included access to the names of jurors who decide the fate of people charged with...

House GOP seeks school funding revamp, voucher expansion

Jun. 06, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Majority Republicans in the Arizona House are working to finalize a deal that would substantially boost funding for K-12 public schools and enact a major expansion of the state's private school voucher system. Republicans who hold the majority in the House do not yet...

Appeals court says per-signature initiative ban illegal

May. 24, 2022 21:07 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A 2017 law that makes it a crime to pay people for each signature they collect to qualify voter initiatives for the ballot violates the First Amendment and the first criminal case filed using the law must be dismissed, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The...

Arizona court upholds man's convictions, death sentences

May. 24, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a man's convictions and death sentences in the 2012 killing of his nine-months pregnant girlfriend who was bound, handcuffed and gagged when her partially burned body was found in a bed by firefighters responding to an apartment fire. ...

Execution ends Arizona 8-year hiatus with the death penalty

May. 12, 2022 20:46 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s nearly eight-year hiatus in using the death penalty ended with the execution of Clarence Dixon for killing a college student 44 years ago, making him the sixth person to be put to death in the U.S. so far this year. Dixon's death Wednesday for the 1978...

Clarence Dixon dies in Arizona's 1st execution since 2014

May. 11, 2022 19:41 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man convicted of killing a college student in 1978 was put to death Wednesday after a nearly eight-year hiatus in the state’s use of the death penalty brought on by a nearly two-hour execution that critics say was botched. Clarence Dixon, 66,...

Arizona execution on track after court challenges fail

May. 09, 2022 20:45 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The planned execution of an Arizona man remained on track Monday after two last-minute court efforts ended without decisions that would sidetrack the state from putting 66-year-old Clarence Dixon to death. Early in the day, the state Supreme Court declined to...