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Arizona Senate lawyer wants to keep 720 audit documents from being public

An attorney for the Arizona Senate is asking for a delay in revealing some audit documents. 

Attorney Thomas Basile argues it’s impossible for the records to be public and for the Senate to maintain any review of its privilege claims. 

In court filings, he told Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Michael Kemp he is convinced appellate courts will shield more than 700 documents. 

So if those documents are deemed public now, it wouldn’t matter if higher courts ruled they should be protected. 

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He further argued there has been no precedent for qualifying legislative oversight.

American Oversight is an organization suing for the immediate release of those documents. They pointed out that the judge ordered the prompt release of the records. 

The judge wrote that the stakes couldn’t be higher, and transparency outweighs the concerns of future legislative deliberation.

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.