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Oct 28, 2010 6:27 AM

Cost to defend SB 1070 passes $1 Million

PHOENIX (AP) - The cost to defend Arizona's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration topped $1 million through July, and the bill for an appeals court challenge being heard next week will push those costs even higher.

Invoices released by Gov. Jan Brewer's office to The Arizona Republic on Wednesday show the Phoenix law firm Snell & Wilmer billed nearly $622,000 in July and more than $440,000 in May and June.

The state's legal costs are being paid by Brewer's legal-defense fund, which has received $3.7 million from 42,727 individuals across the nation.

A federal judge in Phoenix put the harshest parts of SB1070 on hold in July.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco hears Arizona's appeal of that ruling on Monday. Brewer will attend.

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