A federal judge says Maricopa County sheriff's deputies violated the rights of two men who were detained during an identity-theft investigation at a landscaping company.
U.S. District Judge David Campbell ruled Monday that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies had no reason to stop Julian and Julio Mora in February 2009 or detain them for nearly three hours.
According to Campbell's ruling, the deputies only detained the Hispanic men because Julian Mora told them he worked at the business deputies were searching. The judge says that's not a good enough reason.
Tim Casey, an attorney representing the sheriff's office, tells The Arizona Republic that officials weren't able to determine the identity of the deputies who stopped the Moras, so the judge was left to rule on the Moras' version of events.