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Civil rights case against Joe Arpaio can move forward

In this April 3, 2012 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio listens in during a news conference in Phoenix. Sheriff Arpaio has been in office 20 years, mainly by being tough on crime and, more recently, illegal immigration. But the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America is in the middle of the most difficult re-election fight of his career, largely because those themes are being turned against him. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

In this April 3, 2012 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio listens in during a news conference in Phoenix. Sheriff Arpaio has been in office 20 years, mainly by being tough on crime and, more recently, illegal immigration. But the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America is in the middle of the most difficult re-election fight of his career, largely because those themes are being turned against him. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

A judge has dismissed an Arizona sheriff’s office from a lawsuit alleging the agency carried out a pattern of discrimination against Latinos in its immigration patrols, but rejected a request to dismiss Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio himself from the case.

The ruling filed Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver means the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit against the sheriff and Maricopa County can move forward.

The judge, in dismissing the sheriff’s office, said there was no law giving the agency the right to be sued as a separate legal entity.

The lawsuit accuses Arpaio’s office of racially profiling Latinos in its immigration patrols and punishing Latino jail inmates with limited English skills for speaking Spanish.

The sheriff denies the allegations.

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  1. what to do next resing joe go home and count your money you suckered out of so many ppl , unless you want to make a fool of your self and end up in disgrace and if thats what you want stick around , thoes sister O P I crash your party in SF , this party you will not like . let the trial begin .

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