- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Attorneys challenging Arizona identity theft laws that were used to charge hundreds of immigrants have been dealt a second defeat this week.

An appeals court on Monday threw out U.S. District Judge David Campbell’s order that barred Maricopa County officials from enforcing two laws that target people who use stolen or fake IDs to get jobs.

Campbell on Thursday rejected a request for the emails between the lawmaker who was the chief sponsor of the laws and advocates for tougher immigration enforcement.

Former state Sen. Russell Pearce cited legislative privilege and First Amendment protections in withholding about 20 emails between Pearce and consultants, lobbyists and voters.

Pearce has already handed over more than 2,000 other emails.

Lawyers challenging the laws said the Legislature acted discriminatorily when it passed the laws.

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