In brief: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer won’t seek third term
Phoenix – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ended months of speculation about her political future on Wednesday when she announced that she will not seek a third term in office.
The Arizona Constitution limits governors to two terms, but the Republican governor and her advisers have kept alive a scenario in which she might mount a long-shot legal challenge to seek another four years in office.
Brewer completed the term of former Gov. Janet Napolitano when she took a job in President Barack Obama’s administration in 2009. Brewer then won a full term in 2010. She has said in the past that there’s “ambiguity” in the constitution because she hasn’t served two full terms.
But she put that to rest Wednesday in suburban Phoenix as she declared “there does come a time to pass the torch of leadership.”
Brewer has been in the national spotlight on several occasions in her five years in office.
She signed the immigration crackdown law known as Senate Bill 1070 in 2010 and sparred with the Obama administration over health care. Last month, Brewer vetoed legislation that opponents said would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gays and that the business community rallied against.
Justice Kennedy denies NRA’s request
Washington – Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has denied an emergency request by the National Rifle Association to block enforcement of a California city ordinance that bans gun magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets.
Kennedy denied the request without comment, according to a court spokesman.
The ban in Sunnyvale went into effect last week after 66 percent of voters approved it in November. The NRA challenged the law, but a federal judge ruled that it does not violate the Second Amendment right to own guns for self-defense.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied the NRA’s request for an emergency order to stop the ban from taking effect while it considers the appeal.
Kennedy oversees emergency appeals from California and other Western states.
Prosecutors urge 10 years for Trudeau
Chicago – Prosecutors have described Kevin Trudeau as an “uncontrollable huckster” in urging a federal judge to imprison the TV pitchman for at least 10 years for bilking consumers through widely aired infomercials.
In a court filing in Chicago this week, they blast Trudeau as “an unrepentant, untiring and uncontrollable huckster.” They add the 50-year-old is even likely to cheat fellow inmates. Sentencing is March 17.
Jurors convicted Trudeau of criminal contempt in November for violating a judge’s order barring him from making false claims about his book, “The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You to Know About.”
Defense attorneys say the government goes too far in its portrayal of Trudeau. They say he should get less than two years behind bars for the criminal contempt conviction.
Student who sued parents returns home
Hackensack, N.J. – The 18-year-old who sued her parents for financial support and school tuition returned home Tuesday night, a lawyer for her parents announced Wednesday, possibly ending a court case that attracted international media attention.
The court case remains unsettled, said Angelo Sarno, the attorney. But Rachel Canning and her parents have begun to resolve their issues in private, which should have happened long before the dispute escalated into a highly publicized lawsuit, Sarno said.
“This is the right result to something that got out of hand,” said Sarno, speaking at a news conference outside his office in Roseland, N.J. “This is a matter that should have been brought into some counselor’s office, not a court.”