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Arpaio's Office Ordered to Pay $94,000 in Legal Fees Following Record-Shredding Spree

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio learned today that shredding evidence doesn't always come cheap:

A federal judge ordered the sheriff's office to pay $94,000 in legal fees related to a 2009 record-destroying spree carried out by Arpaio's anti-illegal-immigrant squads.

Lawyers in a federal suit that accuses Arpaio's shop of racial profiling argued that they were owed big money because of the extra work that had to be done following the admission by deputies that they'd shredded info sheets immediately following the controversial immigration sweeps.

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Arpaio likely figures the money -- which the county's insurance company will pay -- is well-spent.

If the "stat sheets" kept by deputies during the sweeps for illegal immigrant not been shredded, proof of racial profiling could have been exposed as early as 2008, before Arpaio was re-elected for the fifth time.

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