Arpaio's new lawyers win deadline extension

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX (AP) -- A judge has given Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lawyers another month to respond to the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit seeking records from the sheriff.

The records are sought in a probe of Arpaio's office for alleged discrimination and unconstitutional searches and seizures. Arpaio believes the inquiry is focused on his immigration efforts.

Arpaio's lawyers asked that a Wednesday deadline be extended until Jan. 4 for responding to the Justice Department's request to get the records without having to go to trial.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow extended the deadline until Dec. 3.

Arpaio's lawyers sought the extension because they were replacing attorneys who had been fired by county officials and needed time to get up to speed.

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