PHOENIX — Maricopa County is asking a judge to reconsider her decision not
to dismiss the county from a lawsuit alleging that Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office
carried out a pattern of discrimination against Latinos in its immigration
The sheriff’s office was dismissed from the Justice Department’s lawsuit, but
Arpaio and the county failed in their bid to be dismissed.
The county says the case’s judge erred in not addressing its argument that the
U.S. Constitution requires dismissal if she can’t grant the relief sought by the
Arpaio’s office is accused profiling Latinos in its immigration patrols and
retaliating against critics.
Arpaio denies the allegations, saying people are stopped if deputies have
probable cause to believe they have committed crimes and that deputies later
find many of them are illegal immigrants.