Arpaio objects to proposed sanctions in lawsuit

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX (AP) -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office asked a judge to reject proposed sanctions for the police agency's acknowledged destruction of records in a lawsuit that alleges sheriff's deputies racially profiled Latinos in their immigration sweeps.

Arpaio's lawyers are asking U.S. District Judge Murray Snow to come up with his own sanctions rather than those suggested by opposing lawyers who suggested a court order that would say agency based its sweeps on anti-Hispanic sentiments.

Snow has found grounds to sanction the agency for having thrown away and shredded officers' records of traffic stops made during the patrols.

Later, some sweeps-related emails that were thought to have been deleted by the sheriff's office turned out to have been saved by the county as part of an unrelated lawsuit.