"U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow set up Maricopa County Sheriff Joe
Arpaio for a knockout in his latest ruling on a racial-profiling
lawsuit. Snow's ruling in the Melendres Vs. Arpaio
case eviscerates the sheriff's office for its record-shredding tactics,
noting that deputies intentionally destroyed records that revealed
their unethical enforcement operations. The ruling, made public today,
comes a week after the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that a
three-year investigation concluded Arpaio's shop routinely violated the
rights of Valley Hispanics." - Phoenix New Times, Dec. 23, 2011.
"U.S. District G. Murray Snow ruled today that any Hispanic
stopped by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's deputies since January 1, 2007 -- or
will be stopped in the future -- can sue the Sheriff's Office in a
class-action lawsuit. The ruling in the Melendres racial-profiling case
also enjoins the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office from stopping people
based on a suspicion that they might be violating one aspect of the
state's human-smuggling law, or any other law." - Phoenix New Times, Dec. 23, 2011.