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Oct 2, 2013 4:31 PM by katc

Judge orders monitor in Arizona sheriff profile case

A federal judge has ordered the appointment of a monitor and a community advisory board to ensure that an Arizona sheriff is complying with constitutional requirements after finding his office engages in racial profiling.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled in May that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office have unreasonably singled out Latinos.

Snow had delayed ordering remedies to allow time for parties to reach agreements, but disputes over key issues prevented consensus.

In his ruling Wednesday, Snow ordered that a monitor be appointed to oversee the agency's re-training of deputies and ensure the Sheriff's Office is complying with constitutional requirements. Snow also ordered the creation of a community advisory board aimed at helping restore the public's confidence.

Arpaio's lawyers say an appeal is likely of at least some portions of the order.

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