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Trial dates set for remaining Arpaio, Thomas suits

In this Jan. 10, 2012 photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio conducts a news conference in Phoenix. Federal authorities on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 said that they plan to sue Arpaio and his office over allegations of civil rights violations, including the racial profiling of Latinos. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

A judge has ruled that the remaining lawsuits against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and ex-county Attorney Andrew Thomas and their deputies will go to trial between May and December of 2013.

The suits arose out of Thomas and Arpaio’s so-called government corruption investigations between 2008 and 2009 when they filed criminal cases and a federal racketeering lawsuit against judges and county officials.

Five of the targeted judges and officials have settled their lawsuits for amounts ranging from $75,000 to $500,000. A sixth settlement — $975,000 to County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox — remains under dispute.

The Arizona Republic says the lawsuits were joined for the purpose of working out pre-trial issues and gathering evidence and depositions. If they aren’t settled out of court, they will be tried separately.

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  1. The article does not identify WHO filed the lawsuit.

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