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Feds file civil rights lawsuit against Arpaio

The U.S. Justice Department sued America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff Thursday, a rare step for the agency after months of negotiations failed to reach a settlement over allegations that his department racially profiled Latinos in his trademark immigration patrols.

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Wilcox: Arpaio is ‘next big step’ after Thomas disbarment

Failed corruption investigations launched by America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff have succeeded in getting one of the lawman's top allies disbarred. And despite Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's efforts to distance himself from cases at the center of a legal ethics panel inquiry that cost a pair of former county prosecutors their careers — the fallout has moved closer.

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Arpaio responds to ruling critical of pink boxers

An Arizona sheriff known for making prisoners wear pink underwear asked an appeals court Wednesday to reconsider its ruling that criticized jail officers' decision to force the colorful boxer shorts onto a mentally ill inmate who erroneously believed the officers were trying to rape him.

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Brewer OKs limits on shackling pregnant inmates

Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that limits the use of restraints on pregnant inmates. The bill signed into law Monday by Brewer would ban state or county jails and prisons from shackling inmates or detainees while they're being transported for delivery or during labor, delivery or postpartum recovery.

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Lawyers fight Arpaio’s bid to bar records at trial

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.

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New trial ordered over Arpaio’s pink-underwear policy for inmates

WASHINGTON – A federal court has reinstated a lawsuit against Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio by a woman who said her brother’s death stemmed from a traumatic jail “dress out” – when he was held down, stripped and forced into the pink underwear of county inmates. A divided panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also said a lower court could consider whether Arpaio’s pink-underwear policy for inmates amounts to “punishment without legal justification.”

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