Arizona county asks to be dismissed from lawsuit against sheriff Max Slater at 12:02 PM ET
[JURIST] Maricopa County [official website], Arizona, asked a judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Thursday to dismiss the county from a lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] against Sheriff Joe Arpaio [official website; JURIST news archive] for alleged racial profiling. The county argued [AP report] that it should be dismissed from the lawsuit against Arpaio because it had no authority in creating or implementing Arpaio's law enforcement policies. Last month, the DOJ sued Arpaio [JURIST report], as well as his office and Maricopa County, claiming that Arpaio and his department engaged in unlawful discriminatory law enforcement actions against Latinos. The DOJ included Maricopa County in the lawsuit because it alleges that the county is responsible for ensuring that its allocation of federal money complies with the law. It is not yet clear when the judge will decide whether to dismiss the county from the DOJ's lawsuit.
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