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Wolfswinkel family sues Maricopa County

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Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 2:30 am

Attorneys representing a family of real-estate developers have filed suit against Maricopa County officials.

The lawyers claim the family was wrongfully dragged into a criminal investigation of the business dealings of a county supervisor.

The claim on behalf of Conley Wolfswinkel, his family and related businesses alleges unlawful search and seizure, loss of business, damaged reputations and other allegations.

The Arizona Republic says the suit names county Sheriff Joe Arpaio, former County Attorney Andrew Thomas and officials in their offices.

The Wolfswinkels seek punitive damages, attorneys' fees and plaintiffs' costs, and ask that the case go to trial.

So far, six county officials have sued Maricopa County over Thomas and Arpaio investigations. The Wolfswinkels are the only private citizens who have sued.

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