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Sheriff faces deadline for handing over records

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces a Tuesday deadline for handing over documents that the U.S. Justice Department has requested as part of a civil rights investigation of Arpaio’s office.

The Justice Department has been investigating Arpaio’s office since March 2009 over complaints about discrimination, unconstitutional searches and seizures, and an English-only policy in his jails.

Arpaio believes the inquiry is focused on his immigration patrols.

The sheriff’s office has refused to hand over certain records in the probe.

The Justice Department threatened to sue Arpaio’s office if it doesn’t turn over the records by Tuesday.

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