Ruling stands on sheriff's loss in records case

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court is letting stand a lower court's order that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office pay $29,400 to a Tucson newspaper for legal fees and costs stemming from a battle over public records.

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a Court of Appeals decision that upheld a ruling by a trial judge in Tucson.

The judge ruled that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office violated the law by taking a half-year to produce records requested by the Tucson Citizen.

The records related to a dispute between the sheriff's office and the Pima County Attorney's Office over who should prosecute a racketeering case and claim more than $30 million in seized assets.

The newspaper stopped print publication last month.

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