SB 1070: 10 Memorable Moments in Law's History

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Today's ruling by the Supreme Court that some of Senate Bill 1070 is constitutional and some of it isn't marks the end of the latest chapter in the law's history.

Since being introduced to the Senate on January 13, 2010, SB 1070 has contributed to mass protests, lawsuits, boycotts, and even a successful recall election.

We'll recount 10 of the most memorable moments in the law's history below:

10. Jan Brewer signs S.B. 1070 into law.

Governor Jan Brewer signed state Senator Russell Pearce's bill into law, authorizing local cops to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrants. Brewer claimed she would "not tolerate racial discrimination or racial profiling in Arizona," although there's not too many other ways a cop could find "reasonable suspicion" that someone's in the country illegally.

9. SB 1070 murder.

Phoenix man Gary Kelley murdered Juan Varela on May 6, 2010, after yelling at him, "You fucking Mexican, go back to Mexico!" Kelley's lawyer said in court that Kelley had approached Varela to discuss 1070 before he decided to murder Varela, an American citizen. Kelley was sentenced to 27.5 years in the slammer.

8. MLB All-Star game protested.

Welcome to Chase Field, out-of-towners. Here's what Arizona's state of disarray looked like during the MLB All-Star game last year: Activists protested outside the stadium and asked fans to wear white ribbons to show their opposition to 1070.

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7. Raul Grijalva urges boycott of Arizona.

Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva thought it'd be a good idea to urge a boycott of Arizona if Governor Jan Brewer didn't veto 1070. Grijalva got himself an envelope of white powder and a bullet through his window not long after his comments.

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