Judge Dismisses Arizona Policeman’s Suit Against Immigration Law

Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2010

The federal judge who halted most of a controversial Arizona immigration law dismissed a separate lawsuit Tuesday that had been filed by a Tucson police officer.

The complaint by Martin Escobar was one of seven lawsuits filed in an attempt to nullify SB1070, which requires police officers to determine the status of people they have legally detained whom they suspect of being in the country illegally.

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Bolton is still sorting through other actions, however. On Tuesday she granted Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s motion to dismiss Escobar’s complaint, ruling that he lacks legal standing to contest the law.

Bolton cited previous rulings that public officials cannot sue to try to block laws they don’t want to enforce or believe are unconstitutional. Another police officer, David Salgado of the Phoenix police department, also has a lawsuit pending against SB1070.

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