Ex-leader of police union opposes subpoenas

PHOENIX - Lawyers for the former leader of the union representing Phoenix police officers is asking a judge to throw out subpoenas issued to their client by civil rights groups that are challenging Arizona's 2010 immigration law.

Attorneys for Mark Spencer say the subpoenas should be rejected because they were improperly delivered to Spencer.

The challengers say they want access to letters, emails and memos between lawmakers and advocates for tougher immigration enforcement to see why proponents of the law believed it needed to be passed.

They are seeking documents to back up their claim that the law was passed with a discriminatory intent.

Spencer voiced his support at the Legislature in 2010 for the proposal that would become the state's landmark immigration enforcement law.

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