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Hessick interviewed about SB1070 court hearings

April 06, 2011

Associate Professor Carissa Byrne Hessick was interviewed by KNXV-Channel 15 on Friday, April 1 regarding a federal court case that was considering a challenge to SB1070.

During the interview, Hessick discussed a motion that was being considered during the hearing, which would allow the state legislature to have their own attorneys separate from Gov. Jan Brewer’s attorneys, although they both share the same interest.

"The sort of interesting thing is that he actually tried to intervene last year and that motion was denied by the court,” Hessick said. “And then what he did was he got the legislature to pass a statute saying that the state legislature could retain its own lawyers to argue alongside the lawyers that have been retained by the governor. So it’s sort of his second bite of the apple here.”

To listen to the entire interview, click here.

Hessick teaches criminal procedure, criminal law and a seminar on sentencing law and policy. Her research focuses on aggravation and mitigation in criminal sentencing, relative crime severity and other political and doctrinal issues associated with sentencing. She recently completed an article to be published in the California Law Review on the constitutionality of common sentencing factors, as well as an article in the Boston University Law Review on whether military service and other good works ought to be treated as mitigating sentencing factors.

Staci McCabe,
(480) 965-8702
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law