Court to hear appeal in Arpaio liability case

Posted at 4:33 AM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 09:02:31-05

An appeals court will hear arguments on Feb. 12 over a ruling that leaves Maricopa County responsible for liability claims from Sheriff Joe Arpaio's enforcement of two identity-theft laws that were used to convict hundreds of immigrant workers.

The appeal made to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is being pursued in a lawsuit in which officials have been barred from enforcing both laws.

Nearly a year ago, a judge ruled that the county is liable for Arpaio's decisions because he acts as the county's final policy maker when he enforces state law.

The county argued it wasn't liable because it lacks control over Arpaio.

Over seven years, Arpaio's office raided 83 businesses in which more than 700 immigrants were charged with using fake or stolen IDs to get hired.