Ninth Circuit oral arguments in USA v. State of Arizona broadcast live, Monday, November 1, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. in the Francis Auditorium

Oral arguments in USA v. State of Arizona will be heard by a panel of three judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday, November 1, 2010, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time, 11:00 a.m. Central. The panel has given consent for live broadcast of the proceeding and the School of Law will make this broadcast available in the Francis Auditorium.

The case involves the constitutionality of Arizona Senate Bill 1070, which requires state law enforcement officers to check a person’s immigration status under certain circumstances, and authorizes a warrantless arrest where there is probable cause to believe that the person has committed an offense making him or her removable from the United States. The U.S. Government, arguing that SB 1070 was preempted by federal statutes, sought a preliminary injunction to block enactment of the law. The preliminary injunction was granted in part and denied in part by the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The State of Arizona and its governor have appealed, seeking to remove the injunction imposed by the district court on certain portions of SB 1070.

The Ninth Circuit has posted all the briefs, including numerous amici curiae briefs, on the USA v. State of Arizona, No. 10-16645 page on their website.

Oral arguments are expected to last approximately one hour. Pizza will be served in the Francis Auditorium.

Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications Office, 512-471-7330,