This evening the Arizona Supreme Court reinstated Colleen Mathis, the controversial and ousted chairwoman of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.
The court’s action is a dramatic reversal of the actions taken on November 2, by Gov. Jan Brewer and the state Senate, which voted 21 – 6 for Mathis’ constitutionally provided removal on charges of “gross misconduct.”
The court’s ruling, which the governor called “deeply regrettable,” came less than three hours after justices heard arguments on the case, which revolved around the extent to which the commission is free of outside political interference.
Gov. Brewer’s statement regarding the reinstatement can be read here.