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Mediation fails Justice Department, Alamance Co. sheriff

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -

The U.S. Justice Department and attorneys for Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson have failed to resolve their disagreement on allegations that the sheriff's office is discriminating against Latinos.

The Times-News of Burlington reported representatives from the Justice Department and the sheriff had a court-ordered mediation session Tuesday in Durham.

The Justice Department contends the sheriff's department engages in discriminatory law enforcement practices with Latinos. Johnson denies the allegations.

Both sides argued last week why the dispute should be settled in their favor without a trial. A federal judge is expected to decide this week whether to grant either request. If not, a trial is scheduled Aug. 4.

The Justice Department in 2010 notified Alamance County of an investigation into allegations of discriminatory policing and unconstitutional searches and seizures.

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