- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has agreed to let the state of Arizona join a lawsuit challenging laws that let authorities keep money from the sale of property believed to have been used in crimes.

A Pinal County woman has alleged in her lawsuit that Arizona’s forfeiture laws are stacked against innocent people and have turned into a funding source for law enforcement agencies.

The lawsuit was filed in July against Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles and Sheriff Paul Babeu.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office asked to join the case, saying the forfeiture laws are of statewide interest.

The agency and Pinal County officials targeted in the lawsuit are seeking the dismissal of the challenge.

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