Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Reuters reports that a federal judge gave the U.S. Justice Department a partial victory on Monday in its lawsuit against Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio that alleges sweeping civil rights violations. In a written ruling, U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver let stand the findings of another federal judge in another civil rights lawsuit. The judge in that case ruled that Arpaio's deputies racially profiled and unlawfully detained Latino drivers. Silver ruled that the parties could not relitigate the discriminatory traffic stop claims.
The Justice Department filed its suit in 2012 alleging that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, run by Arpaio, intentionally engaged in racial profiling and unlawful arrest of Latinos, violating their constitutional rights.
Sheriff Arpaio also is facing contempt charges in another civil rights lawsuit in federal court. He has moved to recuse Judge Murray Snow in that case in light of Judge Snow's questioning about Arapaio's investigation into Judge Snow's wife activities.