Judge orders Pearce to comply with subpoena in case challenging Arizona's 2010 immigration law

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PHOENIX — A judge ordered the primary sponsor of Arizona's 2010 immigration law to comply with a subpoena calling for him to turn over his emails and documents about the contentious statute.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton rejected former Sen. Russell Pearce's arguments that a subpoena requesting documents was defective and that Pearce's response to the subpoena was more than adequate.

Challengers of the law say Pearce provided a limited set of documents, but contended he made inadequate searches for all records sought by the subpoena.

The challengers say they want access to letters and emails between lawmakers and advocates for tougher immigration enforcement to see why the law's proponents believed it needed to be passed.

They're seeking to back up their claim that the law was passed with a discriminatory intent.

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