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Bender in ‘Huffington Post’
Professor and Dean Emeritus
was quoted in
The Huffington Post
article, “Russell Pearce, Recalled Arizona Senate President, Could Get State Reimbursement for Campaign,” on Nov. 14.
Pearce, a Republican legislator, was recalled by voters on Nov. 8. Bender said there may be a precedent for Pearce seeking reimbursement by the state for some campaign costs.
The Arizona Constitution states that Pearce would be able to ask the state to reimburse the cost of his unsuccessful campaign to fight being recalled from office. However, no law has been written to implement the constitutional language, Bender said.
In 1988, former Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham (R) reached a settlement to receive several hundred thousand dollars in reimbursement for a cancelled recall against him, Bender noted. This could pave the way as a precedent for Pearce.
The entire article may be found
Bender teaches courses on U.S. and Arizona constitutional law. He has written extensively about constitutional law, intellectual property and Indian law, and is co-author of the two-volume casebook/treatise, Political and Civil Rights in the United States. Bender has argued more than 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and actively participates in constitutional litigation in federal and state courts.