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 9, 2012 12:44 pm
Updated: 8:49 am, Tue Aug 14, 2012.
PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio are telling a federal judge that a group of Latinos failed to prove he and his deputies engaged in unconstitutional racial profiling.
The lawyers filed written closing arguments Thursday afternoon in a civil suit brought by a small group of Latino drivers who accused Arpaio's department of basing some traffic stops on the race of Hispanics.
The plaintiffs are also supposed to file their written arguments Thursday, but they were not yet available late in the afternoon.
A seven-day trial before U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ended Aug. 2. Snow will decide the case after reviewing the closing arguments and responses.
Arpaio attorney Tim Casey wrote that the plaintiffs didn't prove Arpaio or his deputies made any stops based on discriminatory intent.
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Thursday, August 9, 2012 12:44 pm.
Updated: 8:49 am.