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Another legal blow to Kobach

Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who used to teach constitutional law, always predicts that the laws he writes for Kansas and other states will stand up in court. Then they run into trouble. In another recent case, a federal judge declared that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office had been racially profiling in its local efforts to address illegal immigration, which were conducted in conjunction with $300-an-hour training of deputies by Kobach. Kobach also co-wrote Arizona's Senate Bill 1070, much of which was struck down last year by the U.S. Supreme Court. Kevin Johnson, dean of the law school at the University of California-Davis, told the Arizona Republic: "It seems to me that police departments across the country are on notice that maybe Kris Kobach is not the best person you want to put together a program that is going to withstand legal scrutiny." Of course, Kobach disagreed: "The judge has written his opinion in a way that doesn't respect the inherent authority of local law enforcement."