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Immigration protester’s suit dismissed in Phoenix

PHOENIX – A federal judge in Phoenix has dismissed the wrongful-arrest
lawsuit of a woman who was a legal observer during a 2010 protest of Arizona’s
controversial immigration law.

Sunita Patel is an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights. She was
arrested with demonstrators outside of the Fourth Avenue Jail in July 2010 when
didn’t immediately move when authorities told them to disperse.

U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake ruled Friday that Maricopa County Sheriff’s
deputies had probable cause to arrest Patel as she stood on a sidewalk and
gutter near the driveway of the jail.

Wake also ruled that the individual law-enforcement officers named in the suit
were protected by qualified immunity against monetary damage claims.

The charge against Patel for obstructing a thoroughfare was dismissed in June
2011.