- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A newly appointed state Supreme Court justice says he will not recuse himself from a high-profile pension case as the plaintiffs have requested.

The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1WrLWL1 ) that Clint Bolick said Tuesday that he will hear the case, which stems from a requirement that has had judges, politicians and public-safety workers pay more for their state-sponsored pension benefits.

Two state Court of Appeals judges are suing to strike down the higher payments as unconstitutional. The plaintiffs are asking for a special Supreme Court judicial panel to affirm a lower court’s decision to refund the increases and to restore some changes made to curb permanent benefit increases for retirees.

The plaintiffs asked Bolick to recuse himself because of comments he made on public pensions as a lawyer with the Goldwater Institute.


Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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