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In brief: Brewer prevails in immigation ruling

Fri., May 17, 2013

Phoenix – A judge on Thursday refused to halt Gov. Jan Brewer’s order that denies driver’s licenses for young immigrants in Arizona who have gotten work permits and avoided deportation under an Obama administration policy.

The decision by U.S. District Judge David Campbell rejects the argument by immigrant rights advocates who said Brewer’s policy was unconstitutional because it’s trumped by federal law.

Arizona’s refusal to view those in President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as legal residents has become the most visible challenge to his announcement in June that some young immigrants would be protected from deportation.

The Department of Homeland Security has said immigrants with work permits issued under the policy are lawfully present in the U.S.

Edwards will speak, reactivates law license

Raleigh, N.C. – Former presidential contender John Edwards has reactivated his license to practice law and is setting out on the speaking circuit.

The two-time presidential candidate and former North Carolina senator is scheduled to appear June 6 at a private retreat in Orlando, Fla., for lawyer clients of the marketing firm PMP.

A records check with the N.C. State Bar shows Edwards has also reactivated his license to practice law, which had been inactive for more than a decade.

The contact number listed for Edwards rings at his old Raleigh firm, where a receptionist said Edwards has not worked for many years.

Efforts to reach Edwards on Thursday were unsuccessful.

Edwards has remained largely out of public view since his May 2012 acquittal on one charge of campaign finance fraud.

A federal judge declared a mistrial on five other criminal counts after jurors couldn’t agree if Edwards illegally used campaign money to hide his pregnant mistress as he ran for president in 2008.

An itinerary for the Florida event says Edwards will speak for about 45 minutes as part of a program entitled, “Historic Trials of the Century.” Edwards earned millions as a personal injury lawyer before entering politics.


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