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Updated Jul 29, 2014 - 11:44 am

Arizona high court chose to defer to judge on election ruling

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court said it deferred to a judge’s findings
in ruling that a Republican challenger to a prominent legislator could stay on
the ballot though the challenger’s nominating petitions included forged

The court on Tuesday issued an opinion explaining its June order that kept Toby
Farmer of Buckeye on the primary election ballot for the Senate seat now held by
Senate Appropriations Chairman Don Shooter of Yuma.

The Supreme Court said it’s up to trial judges to rule on facts and weigh
evidence in cases and that there’s no clear indication the judge’s findings were

The judge found seven signatures on Farmer’s petitions were forged and that
Farmer collected them and signed the petitions. But the judge ruled Shooter
didn’t prove that Farmer knew about forgeries.


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