The U.S. Supreme Court could end of taking up the legality of Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law on Wednesday without its author in the audience.
Mesa’s Russell Pearce told Capitol Media Services he had asked Joe Sciarrotta, chief legal counsel to Gov. Jan Brewer, if she would give him one of the seats she has been allocated by virtue of her status as the petitioner in the case. The request has precedent: Pearce got to sit with the governor in 2010 when the high court reviewed Arizona’s employer sanctions law.
But this time his request was rebuffed.
“A handful of seats have been allotted for the governor’s attendees, including her legal team and senior staff members,” said Brewer press aide Matthew Benson.
Benson won’t say how many seats. Nor would he disclose a full list of who Brewer wants near her during the hour-long argument besides aide Kim Sabow, Sciarrotta — and Benson himself.
Anyway, Benson scoffed at the idea that Pearce, a former state senate president, needs to be there.
“And the case falls apart without him, right?” he asked.
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