Agency wants later deadline for producing e-mails

Posted: Updated:

PHOENIX  -- A lawyer defending the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in a lawsuit over its immigration patrols has asked a judge to extend a deadline for handing over a huge volume of e-mails from the police agency.

Opposing attorneys who filed the lawsuit alleging racial profiling had sought e-mails about the patrols, but some e-mails had been deleted through what the agency said was a manager's unintentional error.

Some of the deleted e-mails may be recovered, because Maricopa County had backed up e-mails by the agency as part of an unrelated lawsuit.

Sheriff's attorney Tim Casey asked a judge to push back the June 11 deadline for handing over the e-mails to Aug. 11 because the huge volume is taking longer than expected to wade through.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)