Profiling ruling to serve as findings in separate case

By JACQUES BILLEAUD
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has ruled a 2013 decision that concluded Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio had racially profiled Latinos will stand as the findings of fact on one of several claims in a separate civil rights case against the lawman.

U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver said her decision Monday means the U.S. Justice Department lawyers won't have to re-litigate the already-settled allegation that Arpaio's officers had profiled Latinos in traffic patrols.

An Aug. 10 trial has been scheduled to settle the Justice Department's remaining allegations that Arpaio's office retaliated against its critics and punished Latino jail inmates with limited English skills for speaking Spanish.

The sheriff has denied the allegations and called the Justice Department's case a politically motivated attack by the Obama administration.

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