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Federal marshals seize computer hard drives, docs in immigrant profiling case against Sheriff Arpaio

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If a local sheriff has to comply with the law, why doesn’t a former secretary of state?

A federal judge ordered something from Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio that Congress has been trying to get from Hillary Clinton for years, but, unlike in Clinton’s case, he actually got it from Arpaio.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ordered federal marshals to seize computer hard drives, documents and other related materials from the sheriff’s office, as they pertain to an ongoing racial profiling case, according to Yahoo News.

The case dates to 2007, when immigrant and civil rights groups charged that Arpaio and his officers wrongfully detained Latinos at traffic stops. Arpaio disputes that but was found guilty by Snow in 2013.

A related civil contempt case against the sheriff and some former and current employees begins in September.

Officer Chris Hegstrom said Friday that “truth will come out during the hearing process.”

As for the records the judge ordered seized, U.S. Marshal David Gonzales told Reuters they were obtained Friday night.

Interesting how when the government wants to punish someone it can get records quickly, before the person has a chance to, say, destroy a server and all of the records that go with it.

Carmine Sabia


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