Arpaio's office asks judge to close court hearing

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Ramon Charley Armendariz By Catherine Holland Ramon Charley Armendariz By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office has asked a judge to bar the public from witnessing an Oct. 28 hearing at which lawyers will discuss an investigation of a former sheriff's deputy.

The hearing was called by a judge presiding over a racial profiling case against Arpaio's office.

Former Deputy Ramon Charley Armendariz is being investigated on allegations that he was shaking down immigrants who were in the country illegally.

He was arrested in May after investigators found items belonging to others and bags of evidence at his home.

Armendariz implicated former colleagues on Arpaio's immigrant smuggling squad and later committed suicide.

He is relevant to the profiling case because he was a witness at the case's 2012 trial and videos of his traffic stops were discovered after his arrest.

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