A couple months back Eric Holder and the Justice Dept. expressed intentions of taking Joe Arpaio’s office to federal court for civil rights violations. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union and The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund will represent the plaintiffs in the class action suit Melendres v. Arpaio. Which case will take the wild sheriff down?
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via LA TIMES
Five years after he started “crime suppression” sweeps that terrorized Latino neighborhoods across Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is finally having to explain himself. Not to TV crews in Phoenix or to fawning hosts on Fox News, but before a federal judge.
The trial in Melendres v. Arpaio, a class-action civil-rights lawsuit, is scheduled to begin Thursday in Federal District Court in Phoenix. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, accuse the sheriff of waging an all-out, unlawful campaign of discrimination and harassment against Latinos and those who look like them.