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Ruling finds sweeping right to enforce accountability laws

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Posted at 8:50 AM, Sep 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-03 11:50:28-04

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court has revived a lawsuit challenging a decision by the Cochise County Board of Supervisors to appoint one of its members to fill a judicial vacancy.

The state high court ruled Thursday that Arizonans have a sweeping right to go to court to enforce so-called public accountability laws.

The decision overturns a lower court’s dismissal of a man’s 2020 lawsuit that contended the board violated open meeting and conflict of interest laws when it voted to appoint then-Supervisor Patrick Call as a justice of the peace. The case now returns to Superior Court for further proceedings.

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