Arizona Republic:  “A federal judge issued a ruling Friday

[December 23, 2011] that will curtail the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s ability to target illegal immigrants and gives thousands of Hispanics standing in a civil lawsuit that seeks to fundamentally alter Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration-enforcement efforts. Judge Murray Snow’s ruling created a class action, giving every Latino stopped, questioned or detained by the Sheriff’s Office since January 2007 standing in the 4-year-old civil-rights lawsuit.”

See also the Phoenix New Times story called “Joe Arpaio Can be Sued by Detained Hispanics: Judge Grants Class Status in Lawsuit to Hispanics Stopped by Arpaio’s Deputies, Orders Halt to Human-Smuggling Enforcement in Current Form.”