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Closing arguments filed in Sheriff Arpaio profiling case

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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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