NOVEMBER 07, 2008
The Arizona Supreme Court has threatened to sue Judicial Watch for revealing that its chief justice agreed to enforce a Hispanic Bar Association demand to ban the terms “illegal” and “aliens” in all of the state’s courtrooms.
A Corruption Chronicles item posted Thursday linked a lengthy letter from the president of Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association to Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor requesting that the terms not be used because they are inflammatory and create perceptions of judicial bias.
The piece also links Chief Justice McGregor’s letter responding to the group’s request and essentially agreeing to the demands by “asking that our judges and employees refrain from using certain derogatory terms in court documents and proceedings.”
In a threatening phone call to Judicial Watch today, a spokesperson for Arizona’s Supreme Court denied that Chief Justice McGregor had banned anything and accused Judicial Watch of "slander." Judicial Watch, however, stands by its story.
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