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Gov. Jan Brewer OKs bill letting attorney general defend SB1070 subpoenas

PHOENIX — The Arizona Attorney General can fight subpoenas issued in a
civil case seeking to get the remainder of the state’s 2010 immigration law
thrown out under a bill signed by Gov. Jan brewer.

Brewer signed Senate Bill 1221 on Friday. It allows the attorney general to
defend state employees if they are not a party to a lawsuit but served with a
civil subpoena.

The bill sponsored by Senate President Andy Biggs was prompted by subpoenas
issued by the American Civil Liberties Union in a case seeking to overturn
SB1070.

The governor signed a bill in January provided $100,000 to hire private lawyers
to fight subpoenas issued to current and former lawmakers about their SB1070
communications.

Biggs called the subpoenas a fishing expedition designed to harass members who
supported SB 1070.

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