U.S. top court declines request to revive Arizona immigration law

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Posted: Jun 01, 2015 9:54 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact a ruling that struck down an Arizona law that denied bail to illegal immigrants charged with certain felonies.

The justices rejected an appeal filed by Maricopa County and its controversial sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Three of the court's conservative justices, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, said they would have heard the case. Four of the nine justices must agree to hear a case for the court to take it up.

The court's action means the October 2014 ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the 2006 law is unconstitutional, is the final word in the case.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley)