New federal judge in Sheriff Joe Arpaio profiling case ruled on Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070

Posted at 5:57 PM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 22:10:58-04

The new federal judge assigned to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's racial profiling case is no stranger to Arizona litigation. 

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton, who was randomly assigned to Arpaio's case Friday, also ruled on our state's controversial immigration law, SB 1070.

Bolton initially issued an injunction blocking several parts of the law, including a provision that would have allowed law enforcement officers to arrest undocumented immigrants without a warrant, before it took effect in 2010. 

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down most of SB 1070, except for the provision that allows officers to ask someone for proof of citizenship if that person is detained on a non-immigration related offense and the officer has "reasonable suspicion" the person is undocumented. 

On Friday, a federal judge referred Arpaio to the U.S. Attorney's Office for potential criminal contempt charges for disobeying a previous court order barring his office from profiling Latinos during traffic stops. 

The U.S. Attorney's Office is still reviewing the 32-page ruling. 

As for SB 1070, the American Civil Liberties Union continues to appeal the remaining provision in the law. 

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