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Lawyers fight Arpaio’s bid to bar records at trial

FILE - Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, 'File)

Lawyers pressing a racial profiling lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office urged a judge to let them introduce at trial citizen complaints that they say shows the sheriff based some of his immigration enforcement efforts on racially charged complaints that didn’t allege actual crimes.

The lawyers are trying to persuade U.S. District Judge Murray Snow to deny an earlier request by Arpaio’s attorneys to prevent such evidence at trial.

Arpaio’s attorneys say the letters contain hearsay and therefore shouldn’t be allowed at trial.

The lawsuit by a handful of Latinos alleges that Arpaio’s officers based some traffic stops on the race of Hispanics in vehicles and had no probable cause to pull them over.

Arpaio has denied the racial profiling allegations.

No trial date has yet been set.

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