- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge presiding over a racial profiling case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office has ruled that the public can attend a hearing Tuesday at which the agency’s investigations of a former sheriff’s deputy and others will be discussed.

Arpaio’s office asked that the public be barred from the hearing, but U.S. District Judge Murray Snow says in an order Monday that the proceeding will generally be open to the public, though he may close part of the hearing to pose specific questions about the investigations.

Snow also says he sees no reason why a court-appointed official’s critique of the agency’s investigations shouldn’t be publicly released.

The agency is investigating allegations that former Deputy Ramon Charley Armendariz was shaking down immigrants.

Armendariz implicated former colleagues and later committed suicide.

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