- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A former judge is criticizing a settlement of part of a federal government lawsuit against Maricopa County.

The county supervisors on Wednesday approved the proposed settlement of several parts of the Justice Department lawsuit, including allegations that Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office retaliated against its critics.

Now retired, Gary Donohoe was the Superior Court presiding criminal judge when he was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office on baseless felony charges.

Donahoe told KPNX-TV (https://goo.gl/pQF02o ) that the settlement was a joke because it didn’t include penalties for Arpaio.

The part of the settlement dealing with the retaliation allegation included a requirement that deputies be informed they must protect free-speech rights, such as those exercised by judges and elected officials.

Part of the lawsuit alleging racial profiling is set for trial in August.



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