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Brewer opposes officer’s bid to merge challenges

Gov. Jan Brewer’s lawyers are opposing a request to merge a police officer’s challenge to Arizona’s new immigration law with another lawsuit that seeks to overturn the law.

Phoenix Officer David Salgado wants to merge his lawsuit with a challenge filed by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Justice Department’s challenge was the case in which U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton put the law’s most controversial portions on hold last week.

Both Brewer and the Justice Department oppose making Salgado part of their case.

They say the federal government is challenging more sections of the law than Salgado and that their legal arguments differ.

Salgado’s attorney says the cases are virtually identical.

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