$500,000 donated to help Arizona defend immigration law

Friday, July 9, 2010


$500,000 donated to defend migrant law

Donations to a fund to help Arizona pay to defend its immigration enforcement law now total nearly $500,000, with most of the contributions made after the federal government challenged the law in court.

More than 7,000 of the 9,057 contributions submitted to the fund's Web site by Thursday morning were made in the days following the government's lawsuit, according to a document from Gov. Jan Brewer's (R) office.

Brewer established the Governor's Border Security and Immigration Legal Defense Fund with a May 26 executive order. Web site contributions account for about 88 percent of the total donations, her office said, coming from all 50 states and the District.

-- Associated Press


Verdict against officer prompts protests

A white former transit officer was convicted Thursday of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man on an Oakland train platform last year.

Prosecutors had wanted Johannes Mehserle convicted of murdering 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was shot as he lay facedown. The jury found that Mehserle didn't mean to kill Grant, but that his behavior was still so negligent that it was criminal.

About 400 people marched Thursday night through the streets of Oakland to protest the verdict.

-- Associated Press

Coast Guard halts 'duck boat' search: The Coast Guard halted its search for a 16-year-old girl and 20-year-old man, both Hungarian students, who had been missing since a Wednesday collision between their amphibious "duck" tour boat and a barge on the Delaware River.

-- Associated Press

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