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Groups seek more of Russell Pearce’s emails in immigration case

PHOENIX — Civil rights groups challenging Arizona’s 2010 immigration law
are asking a judge to force the law’s chief sponsor to turn over all his emails
and documents about the contentious statute.

The challengers said former state Sen. Russell Pearce has provided a limited set
of documents, but contend he has made inadequate searches for all records sought
by a subpoena.

An attorney representing Pearce maintains the subpoena was defective and said
Pearce’s response to the subpoena was more than adequate.

The challengers said they want access to letters, emails and memos between
lawmakers and advocates for tougher immigration enforcement to see why
proponents of the law believed it needed to be passed.

They are seeking documents to back up their claim that the law was passed with
a discriminatory intent.


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