Ariz. sheriff faces profiling allegations at trial
PHOENIX (AP) — For six years, the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America has vehemently denied allegations that his deputies racially profile Latinos in his trademark immigration patrols.
Joe Arpaio would dismiss his critics in his signature brash style at countless news conferences and in numerous appearances on television.
Now, the sheriff in Arizona’s most populous county will have to convince a federal judge who is presiding over a lawsuit that heads to trial on Thursday and is expected to last until early August.
The plaintiffs say Arpaio’s officers based some traffic stops on the race of Hispanics who were in vehicles, had no probable cause to pull them over and made the stops so they could inquire about their immigration status.
“He is not free to say whatever he wants,” said Dan Pochoda, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, one of the groups that has pushed the lawsuit against Arpaio.
“He will be called as a witness in our case,” Pochoda said. “He will not have control over the flow of information, and he is not the final arbiter.” More…
4 banking giants ‘under spotlight’ in Libor scandal
egulators are investigating Credit Agricole, HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Societe Generale over the Libor manipulation scandal that claimed the boss of British bank Barclays, the Financial Times reported Thursday.
Citing sources close to the probes, the FT said regulators were examining evidence of links between traders at all four banks and Barclays’ former trader Philippe Moryoussef.
US futures regulator the Commodity Futures Trading Commission recently accused an unnamed trader of having “orchestrated an effort to align trading strategies among traders at multiple banks”.
According to the business publication, this trader was former euroswaps trader Moryoussef.
Britain’s financial regulator the Financial Services Authority (FSA) is investigating seven institutions over the scandal, a senior official told lawmakers on Monday. More…
Teacher’s aide sacked over claim that Huckleberry Finn is ‘racist’
A teacher in Iowa has reportedly been fired for telling students that Mark Twain’s classic American novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was “racist”.
Naiya Galloway, a 31-year-old teaching associate at a private school in Dubuque, Iowa, is alleged to have told a classroom of students last October that the novel was racist and “should not be taught in schools”, according to the Des Moines Register.
The next day, according to the report, she described the book as racist again while on a school bus, and is said by school officials to have “voiced objections to the book on numerous other occasions”. Galloway was planning to quit her job, according to the local paper, but the alleged incidents led the school to sack her. A public hearing, at which she denied all the allegations about the book, saw a judge reject her request for unemployment benefits as well as take on claims about the novel’s contents. More…