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Updated Jan 15, 2013 - 11:12 am

Sheriff Arpaio denies claims in feds’ civil rights lawsuit

PHOENIX — Lawyers for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have denied
allegations made in court by the U.S. Justice Department that his office has carried out a pattern of discrimination by racially profiling Latinos
in its regular traffic and special immigration patrols.

The attorneys made the denial in a court filing Monday that serves as Arpaio’s
official response to a civil rights lawsuit filed by the Justice Department
against the sheriff’s office.

The agency also denied the lawsuit’s claims that it retaliates against its
critics and punishes Latino jail inmates with limited English skills for
speaking Spanish.

A similar lawsuit filed by a small number of Latinos who alleged racial
profiling in Arpaio’s immigration patrols was tried this summer by a federal
judge.

That judge hasn’t yet issued a ruling.

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