AZ Supreme Court

UPDATE: The Arizona Supreme Court says the mere smell of marijuana can still be the sole basis for police to obtain a warrant to conduct a search, despite the state's legalization of medical marijuana. However, a unanimous decision by the state high court says that legal foundation for a search can be dispelled if authorities have indications the suspected marijuana use or possession is authorized by the medical marijuana law.

The state Supreme Court ruled Monday that hospitals can be sued under laws designed to protect vulnerable adults. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

The state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that political candidates can accept much larger sums of money from donors. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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The choice was Ann Scott Timmer who now serves on the state court of appeals. Gubernatorial press aide Matthew Benson said his boss thinks she's well qualified for the job.

"Judge Timmer has a wide range of legal experience over the last 30 years including both civil and criminal law," Benson said. "She's been on the courts for the last 12 years and has earned the respect of her peers as somebody who's both fair-minded and even-tempered."

A special screening panel voted Monday to give Jan Brewer three choices of who to tap to be the next justice of the state Supreme Court. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.