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Sun Dec 30, 2018, 01:03 AM

Maricopa County appeals ruling in suit over Arpaio's patrols

PHOENIX (AP) Maricopa County has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower-court ruling that concluded it's liable in lawsuits over former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's crackdowns on immigrants during traffic stops.

The appeal isn't aimed at recouping the millions of dollars that taxpayers have shelled out in lawsuits that challenged the patrols. Instead, County Attorney Bill Montgomery has said the goal is to correct earlier decisions that misapplied laws over which government agencies are the proper targets in lawsuits and, in the process, reduce some of the county's legal costs.

The appeal, filed on Dec. 6, was made in a lawsuit in which Arpaio's officers were found to have racially profiled Latinos in traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.

This summer, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals noted that it has on several occasions already rejected the argument that the county wasn't the proper target of the lawsuit.

Read more: https://tucson.com/news/state-and-regional/maricopa-county-appeals-ruling-in-suit-over-arpaio-s-patrols/article_c436238d-2ee3-503a-ae44-c6c161f8755b.html

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