United States of America v. Arizona, State of, et al

Filing 145

REPLY to Response to Motion re 142 MOTION to Intervene as Defendant filed by Arizona State Legislature. (Kercsmar, Geoffrey)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Kercsmar & Feltus PLLC 6263 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 320 Scottsdale, Arizona 85250 (480) 421-1001 Geoffrey S. Kercsmar (#20528) Gregory B. Collins (#023158) KERCSMAR & FELTUS PLLC 6263 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 320 Scottsdale, Arizona 85250 Tel: (480) 421-1001 gsk@kflawaz.com gbc@kflawaz.com Paul J. Orfanedes (Motion for admission pro hac vice to be filed) James F. Peterson (Motion for admission pro hac vice to be filed) Michael Bekesha (Motion for admission pro hac vice to be filed) JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. 425 Third Street, S.W., Suite 800 Washington, DC 20024 Tel: (202) 646-5172 Attorneys for Proposed Intervenor/Defendant Arizona State Legislature 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Defendants. The Arizona State Legislature ("the Legislature"), by counsel, respectfully submits this reply in support its motion seeking leave to intervene as a defendant pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 24(b). As grounds therefor, the Legislature states as follows: v. The State of Arizona; and Janice K. Brewer, Governor of the State of Arizona, in her Official Capacity, Plaintiff, REPLY IN SUPPORT OF MOTION OF THE ARIZONA STATE LEGISLATURE FOR INTERVENTION AS DEFENDANT (Oral Argument Requested) IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA The United States of America, Case No.: 2:10-cv-01413-SRB 1 MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Kercsmar & Feltus PLLC 6263 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 320 Scottsdale, Arizona 85250 (480) 421-1001 I. Arizona Should Be Permitted to Defend SB 1070 in the Manner It Has Deemed Appropriate. With the enactment of SB 1117, the State of Arizona has made clear the manner that it wishes to be sued in this case. The State of Arizona wants to defend SB 1070 with both Governor and the Legislature as defendants. It should have the opportunity to do so. Plaintiff, the United States, opposes the manner that Arizona seeks to defend itself in this lawsuit, and has raised a host of meritless objections. See Dkt. No. 144 (Plaintiff's Response to the Motion of the Arizona State Legislature for Intervention as a Defendant ("Response"). First, contrary to plaintiff's suggestion, the Legislature's motion is both timely and will contribute to the "just and equitable adjudication" of the case. Response at 2-3. The motion was plainly timely, as it was filed prior to the deadline for the first responsive pleading in the case and just days after the enactment of SB 1117. See Dkt. Entry No. 135 (Order, issued Dec. 21, 2010). Intervention also will aid in the "just and equitable adjudication" of the matter as it will permit the State of Arizona to be sued in the manner it has specified. See Ariz. Const. Art. 4, Part 2, Sec. 18, Suits Against State, ("The legislature shall direct by law in what manner and in what courts suits may be brought against the state."). Second, plaintiff objects to intervention on basis that that Arizona has thus far been "adequately represented" by the Governor. Response at 3. It is undeniable, however, that the State of Arizona, through its Legislature and with the support of the Governor, has determined that the defense of SB 1070 going forward is of sufficient importance that a special provision of law (SB 1117) was enacted. SB 1117 specifically provides for a defense of SB 1070 by the Legislature and the Governor and, critically, the Governor supports this. At a minimum, "adequate representation" of Arizona must at least include the representation and type of defense that the State selects in this case, with the Governor and the Legislature as defendants. Third, intervention will not "unduly delay" or complicate this case. Response at 4. 2 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Kercsmar & Feltus PLLC 6263 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 320 Scottsdale, Arizona 85250 (480) 421-1001 The Legislature already has lodged a proposed Answer in Intervention (see Dkt No. 143) and will fully cooperate with Governor Brewer in defending this action. Moreover, this litigation is procedurally less complex at this point, as most of the other lawsuits challenging SB 1070 have already been dismissed or significantly narrowed. See National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders v. State of Arizona, No. 10-00943 (D. Ariz., dismissed Jan. 7, 2011); Salgado v. Brewer, No. 10-00951 (D. Ariz., dismissed Jan. 13, 2011); Escobar v. Brewer, No. 10-00249 (D. Ariz., dismissed Aug. 31, 2010); Frisancho v. Brewer, No. 10-00926 (D. Ariz., dismissed Aug. 24, 2010); Friendly House v. Whiting, No. 10-1061 (D. Ariz., motion to dismiss granted in part Oct. 8, 2010); League of United Latin American Citizens v. State of Arizona, No. 10-1453 (D. Ariz., motion to dismiss granted Dec. 15, 2010). Finally, plaintiff makes the patronizing suggestion that if the Legislature happens to have "arguments that it wishes to advance, it should do so through defendants" or simply as an amicus. Response at 5. It is undeniable that the State of Arizona has now unequivocally indicated how it wishes to be sued in this case. It is not the proper role of the United States to try to dictate how Arizona presents its defense. Arizona is entitled to defend itself in the manner it sees fit. With the permission of this Court, it should be allowed to do so. For the forgoing reasons, the Legislature respectfully requests that this Court grant it leave to intervene as a defendant in this action. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Kercsmar & Feltus PLLC 6263 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 320 Scottsdale, Arizona 85250 (480) 421-1001 Dated: March 7, 2011 Respectfully Submitted, KERCSMAR & FELTUS PLLC By: s/ Geoffrey S. Kercsmar Geoffrey S. Kercsmar (#20528) Gregory B. Collins (#023158) 6263 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 320 Scottsdale, Arizona 85250 Tel: (480) 421-1001 JUDICIAL WATCH, INC. Paul J. Orfanedes (Motion for admission pro hac vice to be filed) James F. Peterson (Motion for admission pro hac vice to be filed) Michael Bekesha (Motion for admission pro hac vice to be filed) 425 Third Street, S.W., Suite 800 Washington, DC 20024 Tel: (202) 646-5172 Attorneys for Proposed Intervenor/Defendant Arizona State Legislature 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Kercsmar & Feltus PLLC 6263 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 320 Scottsdale, Arizona 85250 (480) 421-1001 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on March 7, 2011, I electronically transmitted the foregoing document to the Clerk's Office using the CM/ECF System for filing and transmittal of a Notice of Electronic Filing to the CM/ECF registrants on records, including: Tony West Dennis K. Burke Arthur R. Goldberg Varu Chilakamarri Joshua Wilkenfeld U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CIVIL DIVISION 20 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20530 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 5 s/ Geoffrey S. Kercsmar

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