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Arpaio's lawyers: Latinos didn't prove profiling

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Lawyers for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio are telling a federal judge that a group of Latinos failed to prove he and his deputies engaged in unconstitutional racial profiling.

The lawyers filed written closing arguments Thursday afternoon in a civil suit brought by a small group of Latino drivers who accused Arpaio's department of basing some traffic stops on the race of Hispanics. [Read full closing arguments from Arpaio's lawyers (PDF)].

The plaintiffs filed their written arguments late Thursday, saying they proved that MCSO violates the rights of Latinos under the Equal Protection Clause and the Fourth Amendment. [Read full closing arguments from the plaintiff's lawyers (PDF)]

A seven-day trial before U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ended Aug. 2. Snow will decide the case after reviewing the closing arguments and responses.

Arpaio attorney Tim Casey wrote that the plaintiffs didn't prove Arpaio or his deputies made any stops based on discriminatory intent.

Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation) contributed to this report.

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