Horne says he'll defend immigration law

Posted: Updated:
Tom Horne By Jennifer Thomas Tom Horne By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- Newly sworn in Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says he'll help defend SB1070, the controversial law targeting illegal immigration.

Horne took the oath of office during the inauguration Monday. He is a Republican who replaces Democrat Terry Goddard as attorney general.

Goddard said last year he thought the law was misguided but that he would defend it in court from legal challenges.

However, Republican Gov. Jan Brewer pulled Goddard from the case and instead hired private lawyers who are being paid with money donated to a state fund.

Horne said after the inauguration that he'll represent the state and work in tandem with the private lawyers representing the governor.

Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman says details remain to be worked out.