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Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 5:12 pm | Updated: 1:30 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

PHOENIX - Arizona's new photo-enforcement law has been declared unconstitutional by a Maricopa County justice of the peace.

Judge John Keegan has issued a court order declaring the state law runs counter to the U.S. Constitution because it denies equal protection under the law and violates the state Constitution's clause on equal privileges and immunities.

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Keegan's order was issued Dec. 9, and he estimates he's thrown out 300 to 400 photo-enforcement tickets since that time.

Now, he's waiting for a government agency to pick up the challenge so that his cause can move through the court system.

Keegan, whose court is located in Surprise, has jurisdiction over Peoria, Sun City and north Glendale. The photo-enforcement tickets that come into his court mostly are snapped on Loop 101.

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