/ Modified jan 28, 2020 11:23 a.m.

Maricopa County agrees to pay other side's legal costs in racial profiling case

The payment is tied to a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office for profiling Latino drivers.

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has approved a $185,000 payment tied to a long-running racial profiling case against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, and the money is to help cover the other side’s legal costs to fight an appeal by the county.

Maricopa County appealed a pair of 2016 court orders that came out of a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office for racially profiling Latino drivers. One order outlined the overhaul of internal affairs at the sheriff’s office, and the second order created a system to pay certain people held by deputies, even after a federal judge told the sheriff’s office not to enforce immigration law.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the county’s appeal in 2018, and the Supreme Court declined to weigh in last year.

Most of the $185,000 is to cover legal costs for the American Civil Liberties Union and the rest is for a private law firm.

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