Judge nixes 2nd Ariz. immigration lawsuit

Sept. 1, 2010 at 8:23 AM
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PHOENIX, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Arizona's tough immigration law, ruling a Tucson police officer did not have standing to challenge it.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton on Tuesday granted Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's motion to dismiss the suit filed by Martin Escobar, the Arizona Capitol Times reported. The suit, one of seven filed to challenge the law, was the second dismissed by Bolton in the past week.

"I strongly believe that Arizona will ultimately prevail in all of these legal challenges. My defense of the rule of law will continue," Brewer said in a statement.

Escobar, a Tucson police officer, argued the law would force him to violate Latinos' civil rights, resulting in disciplinary action if he failed to enforce the law and legal action if he did, the publication said.

Bolton said Escobar did not have the legal right to challenge the law, ruling the police officer didn't sufficiently show that he would suffer harm as a direct result of the law.

On Aug. 24, Bolton dismissed a lawsuit filed by Washington resident Roberto Frisancho, who argued the law would bar him from traveling to Arizona to conduct research on a 1997 roundup of illegal immigrants in Chandler.

In July, Bolton blocked portions of the law from being enforced, including sections that make it a misdemeanor crime to be in the country illegally and require law enforcement officers to determine a person's status if the officer suspects that person is in the country illegally.

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