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Ruling finds sweeping right to enforce accountability laws

The state high court ruled Thursday that Arizonans have a sweeping right to go to court to enforce so-called public accountability laws.
The Arizona Supreme Court building. (Photo: Kevin Bondelli/ Flickr)

PHOENIX — 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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