Arpaio critics: Let public attend court hearing

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Ramon Armendariz By Catherine Holland Ramon Armendariz By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- Lawyers who won a racial profiling case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office urged a judge to let the public attend an Oct. 28 hearing at which an investigation of a former sheriff's deputy will be discussed.

The attorneys say the investigation of former Deputy Ramon Charley Armendariz is of public concern.

Arpaio's office has asked that the public be barred from the hearing.

Armendariz is being investigated on allegations that he was shaking down immigrants.

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

Armendariz implicated former colleagues and later committed suicide.

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

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