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Judge denies bid to examine discovery of e-mails

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio swears in 56 new members of his Illegal Immigration Posse, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 in Phoenix. Sheriff Joe has sworn in nearly 3,000 posse members since becoming sheriff in 1993. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio swears in 56 new members of his Illegal Immigration Posse, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 in Phoenix. Sheriff Joe has sworn in nearly 3,000 posse members since becoming sheriff in 1993. (AP Photo/Matt York)

A judge rejected a request by the Maricopa County sheriff’s office to order county officials to say when they discovered e-mails related to a racial profiling lawsuit over the agency’s immigration patrols.

The e-mails were thought to have been deleted in what the sheriff’s office said was an unintentional error. But they were archived by the county in an unrelated lawsuit.

The sheriff’s office wanted to know why the county didn’t reveal that it had the e-mails as a judge was considering whether to sanction the police agency for having deleted them.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled the sheriff’s office offered no credible suggestion that the county was in contempt of court for not searching for documents it had from the unrelated lawsuit.

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