- The Washington Times - Monday, July 19, 2010

ARIZONA

Latin nations want to join Arizona case

PHOENIX | Seven other Latin American countries want to join Mexico in supporting a lawsuit challenging Arizona’s immigration enforcement law.

Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru filed separate, nearly identical motions to join Mexico’s legal brief supporting the lawsuit filed by U.S. civil rights and other advocacy groups.

A federal judge formally accepted Mexico’s filing July 1 but did not rule on the latest motions filed late last week.

Mexico says the law would lead to racial profiling and hinder trade, tourism and the fight against drug trafficking.

The law is to take effect July 29. It requires that police conducting traffic stops or questioning people about possible legal violations ask them about their immigration status if there is “reasonable suspicion” they are in the country illegally.

CONNECTICUT

Suspect in teen’s killing is charged

WATERBURY | A 19-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with murder in the death of a teenager at a one-time religious attraction in Waterbury.

Francisco Cruz faces charges including capital felony that carries the possibility of the death penalty in the killing of Chloe Ottman, 16.

He was presented in Waterbury Superior Court on Monday and charged with murder, sexual assault and strangulation. He is being held on $5 million bail.

Court records say Mr. Cruz told police he had a crush on Miss Ottman and raped, strangled and fatally stabbed her when she rejected his advances. Miss Ottman’s body was found near the Holy Land USA site Saturday, a day after her family reported her missing.

ILLINOIS

Bail granted to ex-media mogul

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