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Arpaio seeks rejection of class-action request over immigration sweeps

Maricopa, Ariz.  Sheriff Joe Arpaio prepares to speak to a crowd in the East Room on the grounds of the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011.  (AP Photo/The Orange County Register , Kevin Sullivan)

Sheriff Joe Arpaio (AP Photo/The Orange County Register , Kevin Sullivan)

Attorneys for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office are asking a judge to either deny or postpone his ruling on a request for class-action status in a lawsuit that accuses Arpaio’s office of racially profiling Hispanics in immigration patrols.

The handful of Latinos who filed the lawsuit are seeking class-action status that their lawyers say would cover thousands of Hispanics who say have been discriminated against by Arpaio’s office.

Tim Casey, an attorney representing the sheriff’s office, asks U.S. District Judge Murray Snow to hold off on ruling on the class-action request until other issues are resolved in the case.

Casey also suggests that the judge deny the request because he says those who filed the lawsuit haven’t met the criteria for winning class-action status.

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One comment

  1. I truly wish sheriff Joe all the best in his efforts to stem the tide of illegal invaders into this country. He reminds me of how \John Wayne \ would have handled the problem. If Sheriff Joe ever want’s to run for the presidency I would vote for him in a minuet.God bless you Sheriff Joe,and a great big \THANK YOU\, from us down here in Texas,where our law enforcers have no ball’s.Unfortunatly the law’s and law enforcer’s (BIG JOKE) coddel these low life invader’s.And rick perry our nutless wonder of a govenor is more concerned about his next hair appointment than trying to serve our state’s best intrest’s. GOOD JOB SHERIFF!

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