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DOJ Sues Sheriff Joe Arpaio for Targeting Latinos

"The Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit in federal court today against Maricopa County, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio, arising from unconstitutional and unlawful actions by the defendants. ... The complaint alleges that Maricopa County...

USA v. Arpaio - Shocking Allegations

From the lawsuit: "[A]n [Arpaio] officer stopped a Latina woman – a citizen of the United States and five months pregnant at the time – as she pulled into her driveway. After she exited her car, the officer then insisted that she sit on the hood of the car. When she refused, the officer...

Say It Ain't So, Sheriff Joe

"Years ago a college classmate of mine from New York visited a mutual friend of ours who owns a ranch in southern Arizona. Enchanted by the beauty of the place, Mark went for a walk by himself. Finding himself in a peaceful valley, he laid down on his back and closed his eyes so that he...

In Arpaio's Arizona, They Fought Back

"Many Latinos surely avoid any contact with the sheriff and his deputies. But Maricopa is also home to a brave corps of people who have tirelessly and stubbornly resisted the sheriff’s campaign of fear. They are a diverse group — Latinos and Anglos, immigrants and the native-born, street...

Federal Court Rules Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Violated Constitution

"Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio relied on racial profiling and illegal detentions to target Latinos , a federal district court said today. The ruling comes following a three-week trial in July and August 2012 over a pattern of unlawful practices by Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s...

The Youngest Activist?

"Katherine Figueroa was playing with her cousins one Saturday morning in the summer of 2009 when she overhead a news anchor say on television that the car wash where her parents worked had just been raided. The 9-year-old stopped playing and rushed to the television screen where she saw the image...

Judge Orders Monitor Appointed to Oversee Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio

"A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a monitor be appointed to oversee the work of hardline Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio to ensure that his officers no longer use racial profiling in stops of Latino drivers in a crackdown on illegal immigration. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow had in May ordered...

Arpaio's Profiling Costs Taxpayers $21M

"Taxpayers in metropolitan Phoenix are expected to pay out an estimated $21 million over the next year and a half for changes ordered in response to a court ruling that found an Arizona sheriff's office racially profiled Latinos in its regular traffic and immigration patrols. Maricopa County...

Federal Judge Rebukes Sheriff Joe Arpaio

"A federal judge strongly rebuked Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County and one of his chief deputies on Monday, saying that they had defied and even mocked the judge’s order last year to stop singling out Latinos during routine patrols, traffic stops and workplace raids. “Whether or...

CA9: Ariz. Prop. 100 Unconstitutional - Lopez-Valenzuela v. Arpaio

"Arizona law categorically forbids granting undocumented immigrants arrested for a wide range of felony offenses any form of bail or pretrial release, even if the particular arrestee is not a flight risk or dangerous. We must decide whether such an absolute denial comports with the substantive component...

Court: Arpaio Lacks Standing to Sue Obama Over Immigration

"The role of the Judiciary is to resolve cases and controversies properly brought by parties with a concrete and particularized injury — not to engage in policymaking better left to the political branches. The plaintiff’s case raises important questions regarding the impact of illegal...

Immigration Lawsuit Thrown Out: Arpaio v. Obama

"President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration survived their first major court test Tuesday, when a federal judge tossed out a lawsuit claiming the president exceeded his constitutional power. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell dismissed a challenge brought by Arizona Sheriff Joe...

White House on Dismissal of Arpaio Lawsuit

Statement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz on D.C. District Court Ruling Dismissing Immigration Lawsuit - " Judge Howell’s decision today confirms what the Department of Justice and scholars throughout the country have been saying all along: the President’s executive...

Judge Blocks Arpaio's Workplace Raids, Arizona Statute Enjoined

"Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio must stop enforcing Arizona's identify theft laws, U.S. District Judge David Campbell ruled Monday , granting a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed against Arpaio. The lawsuit, filed by the Puente immigrant rights group, argues that the laws are unconstitutional...

A QUICK KNOCKOUT: SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO'S LAWSUIT AGAINST PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTION DISMISSED FOR LACK OF STANDING

"On November 20, 2013, the very same day that President Obama announced a series of executive actions aimed at “Fixing Our Broken Immigration System” , a lawsuit against the newly announced executive actions and against the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA...

Ninth Circuit Upholds Injunction Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Profiling: Melendres II

"The panel affirmed in part and vacated in part the district court’s permanent injunction and remanded in an action against Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office alleging that defendants have a custom, policy and practice of racially profiling Latino drivers...

DOJ Reaches Settlement With Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County

"The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division announced today that it has reached a partial settlement in its civil rights lawsuit against Maricopa County, Arizona, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio. The settlement resolves the United States’ claims that the Maricopa...

DC Circuit: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Lacks Standing to Sue Feds re DAPA

"Because Sheriff Arpaio’s allegations of causation and redressability rest on speculation beyond that permitted by our standing decisions, we affirm the district court’s dismissal of the complaint for want of Article III standing." - Arpaio v. Obama, Aug. 14, 2015 .

CA9 on Arizona ID Theft Laws, Preemption: Puente Arizona v. Arpaio

Puente Arizona v. Arpaio, May 2, 2016 - "An immigrant advocacy organization, Puente Arizona, along with individual unauthorized aliens and taxpayers of Maricopa County (collectively “Puente”), challenge provisions of Arizona’s identity theft laws which prohibit using a false identity...

Another Blow for Sheriff Joe: Mendiola-Martinez v. Arpaio (CA9)

Mendiola-Martinez v. Arpaio, Sept. 12, 2016 - "We are mindful that the administration of a penal institution is “at best an extraordinarily difficult undertaking.” Hudson, 468 U.S. 517, 527 (1984) (quoting Wolff v. McDonnell, 418 U.S. 539, 566 (1974)). Crafting a restraint policy that...

Maricopa County, once a deportation powerhouse, reverses course over Dallas County lawsuit

Naomi Martin, Dianne Solis, Dallas Morning News, Feb. 20, 2017 - "A lawsuit filed by immigrants against Dallas County has prompted an about-face in Maricopa County, once known as a deportation powerhouse under former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio's successor, Paul Penzone, a newly elected Democrat...

Arizona Federal Court Enjoins Maricopa County's Use of I-9 Forms in State Prosecutions (Law360)

Kelcee Griffis, Law360, Mar. 29, 2017 - "An Arizona federal judge has permanently barred the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office from using documents submitted by employees solely for use in I-9 employment authorization checks to conduct criminal prosecutions for identity theft or forgery under...

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Convicted of Criminal Contempt

Megan Cassidy, Arizona Republic, July 31, 2017 - "The immigration policies that elevated former Sheriff Joe Arpaio to fame were the same that would ultimately lead to his political demise, and now have convicted him of a federal crime. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton found Arpaio...

Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio

Paul Ingram, Tucson Sentinel, Aug. 25, 2017 - "President Donald Trump pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday, allowing the former lawman to walk free despite facing sentencing for his conviction on criminal contempt charges in a racial profiling case. ... Trump exercised his...

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Condemns Ending of DACA, Denounces Arpaio Pardon

USCCR, Sept. 8, 2017 - "The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, by majority vote, disapproves of President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The decision is a step backward for our country, which draws its strength from the valuable social...