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FILE - In this file photo from Dec. 5, 2011, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio discusses the latest in the document release on his office's handling of many sexual assault cases over the years in El Mirage, Ariz., during a news conference in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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A defiant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio pounds his fist on the podium as he answers questions regarding the Department of Justice announcing a federal civil lawsuit against him and his department, during a news conference Thursday, May 10, 2012, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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A defiant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio pounds his fist on the podium as he answers questions regarding the Department of Justice announcing a federal civil lawsuit against him and his department, during a news conference Thursday, May 10, 2012, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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**FILE** Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio conducts a news conference Jan. 10, 2012, in Phoenix. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio conducts a news conference Jan. 10, 2012, in Phoenix. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Jan. 10, 2012, photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio conducts a news conference in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

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** FILE ** Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio conducts a news conference on Jan. 10, 2012, in Phoenix. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Then-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas (foreground), with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, speaks at a news conference in Phoenix in July 2010 about the U.S. Justice Department's suit against Arizona's immigration law. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Thursday that he plans to ask the whole appeals court to reconsider its ruling. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this file photo from Dec. 5, 2011, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio discusses the latest in the document release on his office's handling of many sexual assault cases over the years in El Mirage, Ariz., during a news conference in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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'WHIPPING BOY': Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio calls the Justice Department report a politically motivated assault by the Obama administration. (Associated Press)

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The controversy that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio generates hasn't stopped presidential candidates from meeting with him, as Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota did in September. The sheriff makes inmates wear pink underwear and live in tents during Arizona's sweltering summers. (Associated Press)

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Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced a full-scale law enforcement effort to deter illegal immigrants.

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office investigated bestiality activity. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS HULKING PRESENCE: Sheriff Joe Arpaio's (left) "Immigration Posse" includes actors Lou Ferrigno (right) and Steven Seagal (below).

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Fifty-six new members of the Maricopa County sheriff's "Immigration Posse" are sworn in Phoenix. Sheriff Joe Arpaio has deputized nearly 3,000 posse members since 1993. He is fighting U.S. Justice Department accusations that he discriminates against Hispanics.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS HULKING PRESENCE: Sheriff Joe Arpaio's (left) "Immigration Posse" includes actors Lou Ferrigno (right) and Steven Seagal (below).

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Fifty-six new members of the Maricopa County sheriff's "Immigration Posse" are sworn in Phoenix. Sheriff Joe Arpaio has deputized nearly 3,000 posse members since 1993. He is fighting U.S. Justice Department accusations that he discriminates against Hispanics.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix on Thursday hands back to one of his deputies an Associated Press news report stating that the Justice Department is suing Sheriff Arpaio, contending the Arizona lawman refused for more than a year to turn over records in an investigation into allegations the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office discriminates against Hispanics.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS DEFIANT: "Now it's time to take the gloves off," Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Thursday.