US judge won't order Pearce to do more for groups challenging Arizona immigration law

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PHOENIX — A judge is declining to order the primary sponsor of Arizona's 2010 immigration enforcement law to submit to additional questioning and other inquiries by groups challenging the law.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Tuesday rejected arguments by challengers of the law that former state Sen. Russell Pearce's should be ordered to provide additional deposition testimony and to allow an outside search of his electronic data.

The challengers have said Pearce didn't adequately search for all records they are seeking and that he wasn't forthcoming during a deposition session.

Pearce has argued that he has complied.

The challengers have said they wanted to see why the law's proponents believed it needed to be passed. They're trying to back up their claim that the law was passed with a discriminatory intent.

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