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Resource ID: #14602
Subject: Environment
Source: New Times (Phoenix)
Date: 1997-12-18



The story focuses on a trend among government officials to flout laws they don't support. Citizens often sue to get them to obey or enforce such laws. In Arizona, the U.S. Forest Service allowed logging in its Southwest region, despite a federal court order prohibiting it. The story also alleges that the state legislature and former governor ignored a state Supreme Court order to change the way the state apportions money for new schools. In both examples, the court orders emerged from suits brought by citizens groups, and in both cases the court's actions were met by more obstruction.

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