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Ryan J. Reilly February  2, 2012,  5:24 PM

The Justice Department has written a very pointed letter to a lawyer for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, telling him that they’ll sue Maricopa County Sheriffs Office very soon unless they go forward with negotiations to settle issues regarding the office’s alleged pattern of civil rights abuses.

DOJ and MCSO officials are supposed to meet on Feb. 6, but Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy Austin wrote in a letter to Arpaio’s lawyer on Thursday that if the purpose of the meeting “is solely for you to tell us in person that you do not agree with our findings, there is no reason for us to meet.”

An extensive investigation by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division found that Arpaio had “promoted a culture of bias” within MCSO. Arpaio’s team has been disputing their findings and Arpaio has said the probe is all just part of the Obama administration’s re-election bid even though the investigation began during the Bush administration.

DOJ’s letter said they were not willing to debate their findings with Apraio’s office.

“Your letter suggests an unwillingness to resolve this matter though a negotiated settlement — a position which makes litigation inevitable in the very near term,” Austin wrote. DOJ’s letter was in response to a letter Arpaio’s lawyer sent Wednesday which again disputed the conclusions of DOJ’s investigation.

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Arpaio Slams Mexican Tourism Ad That Appears To Reference Immigration Law

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Zachary Roth | May 24, 2010, 2:04PM

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is up-in-arms about an unusual newspaper ad placed by the Mexican Tourist Board, which appears to reference Arizona’s controversial new immigration law.

The ad, which ran Friday in the Arizona Republic, declares: “In Sonora, we are looking for people from Arizona.” Below those words is a picture of a man in what looks like a military helmet, holding binoculars to his face.

Arpaio, the hard-line Maricopa County lawman, has urged people to call the Mexican tourist board and ask what the ad means. “Are you going to racial profile me in Mexico, am I going to jail for two years in Mexico for violating the immigration laws in Mexico, will I be safe in Mexico,” he asked.

The Mexican tourist board, Visit Mexico, did not immediately respond to TPMmuckraker’s request for comment on the ad. But it would appear to reference Arizona’s harsh new immigration law, which has been condemned both by President Obama and Mexican president Felipe Calderon. Arpaio is a supporter of the law.

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