FILE - In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a defiant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio pounds his fist on the podium as he answers questions regarding the Department of Justice announcing a federal civil lawsuit against Arpaio and his department, during a news conference in Phoenix. For six years, the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America has vehemently denied allegations that his deputies racially profile Latinos in his trademark immigration patrols. Now, Arpaio will have to convince a federal judge who is presiding over a lawsuit that heads to trial on Thursday, July 19, 2012 and is expected to last until early August. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012 5:08 pm
Lawyers for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department again say a group of Latino plaintiffs failed to prove the sheriff or any of his deputies engaged in unconstitutional racial profiling.
Attorneys filed their last round of written closing arguments Thursday in a lawsuit brought by a small group of Latinos who accused Arpaio's department of discrimination. They claim they were pulled over only so that authorities could perform immigration status checks.
Plaintiffs' lawyers also are expected to file written arguments, but they weren't immediately available by Thursday evening.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow hasn't publicly revealed when he would deliver his verdict.
The plaintiffs aren't seeking money damages. They are seeking a declaration that Arpaio's office racially profiles and an order that requires it to make policy changes.
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