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Brakes put on challenge to Arizona law

PHOENIX — A judge has put the brakes on one of the three remaining
legal challenges to Arizona’s 2010 immigration law because lawyers who
brought that case missed several filing deadlines.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled that action in the lawsuit by the League
of United Latin American Citizens will be put on hold until the other two
challenges are resolved.

The judge, however, stopped short of granting Gov. Jan Brewer’s request to
dismiss the case.

Bolton says the group’s reasons for missing the deadlines were inadequate
and that the missed deadlines were wasting judicial resources.

The two other challenges, including one that’s now before the U.S. Supreme
Court, remain alive.

A decision by the nation’s highest court is expected later this month.

Four other challenges were dismissed in the past.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.