SB1070: Federal prosecutors oppose merger of Salgado case

Phoenix police officer David Salgado

Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Phoenix police officer David Salgado, right, walks into the courthouse in Phoenix, Thursday, July 15, 2010. A federal judge heard arguments on Thursday morning over whether Arizona's new immigration law should take effect at the end of the month, marking the first major hearing in one of seven challenges to the strict law. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Jack Kurtz)

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Posted on July 28, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 28 at 1:36 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department oppose a request to merge their challenge to the new Arizona immigration law with a lawsuit by a police officer who also is seeking to overturn the law.

The federal lawyers oppose Phoenix police Officer David Salgado's request to consolidate the cases because they say it would prejudice or delay their challenge.

The officer's attorney had argued that the cases are virtually identical because they claim the state law is trumped by federal immigration law and because both seek to keep the state law from being enforced.

The Justice Department says it's challenging more sections of the law than Salgado and that its contention that the law is trumped by federal law differs from the officer's arguments.

 

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