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Feds seek dismissal of lawsuit against Arpaio

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio addresses a group of Tea Party Patriots as the keynote speaker during opening ceremonies of the tea party's convention Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)

Federal authorities asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that sought records from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office as part of a civil rights investigation that he says is focused on his immigration patrols.

The request was part of a deal between the U.S. Department of Justice and Arpaio’s office in early June to settle the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was to be dismissed within 60 days if Arpaio’s office complied with the deal.

The lawsuit was filed after federal authorities complained that Arpaio’s office didn’t fully cooperate with a request for records and access to jails and employees.

Department of Justice lawyers say in court papers filed Monday that the sheriff’s office has cooperated since the lawsuit was filed.

Still, they also say the civil rights investigation is continuing.

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  1. They got nothing on Sheriff Joe. He is one of the few law enforcement officers in this nation with balls. Go Arizona, go Joe, go Russel, go Jan Brewer, go Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina,etc

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