Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s (R) ability to enforce state laws against using another’s identity to gain employment will be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit following Feb. 4 appeals by Arpaio, the county, county attorney Bill Montgomery and the state of Arizona (Puente Ariz. v. Arpaio, 9th Cir., 15-15211, appeal 2/4/15).

However, the appeals court Feb. 4 ruled that appellate proceedings will be held in abeyance pending the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona’s disposition of a pending motion below. The order also consolidated the three appeals into...