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.