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Updated Feb 7, 2014 - 6:48 am

Justice Dept. to question Sheriff Joe Arpaio for civil rights lawsuit

PHOENIX — U.S. Justice Department officials who filed a civil rights
lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said they’ll question
Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his former top aide next month.

The Justice Department said Arpaio’s deposition is scheduled March 11 and
former aide David Hendershott’s deposition is set for March 4.

The lawsuit alleged the sheriff’s office has racially profiled people,
retaliated against critics and punished Latino jail inmates with limited English
skills for speaking Spanish.

Arpaio has denied the claims and said the 2012 lawsuit was a politically
motivated attack by the Obama administration as a way to court Latino voters
during a presidential election year.

In a separate case, a judge ruled last year that Arpaio’s office has racially
profiled Latinos.

The Sheriff’s Office is appealing that ruling.

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