Posted by: POLC Staff Posted date: September 19, 2016
The Arizona Supreme Court case, Cheatham v. DeCiccio, involved a challenge from conservative taxpayer groups to the practice of release time use by Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) officers as part of administering their memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the City of Phoenix. NAPO filed legal briefs as an amicus curiae, or “friend of the court”, in this case supporting PLEA and the use of release time. The challengers asserted that the provision and use of release time violated the Arizona state constitution’s prohibition against gifts of public property or resources. The challengers were arguing that the City allowing the use of release time by PLEA officers and representatives was a prohibited “gift”.