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Judge dismisses suit filed by senator's son

Posted: 7:43 AM, Aug 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-10 14:43:45Z
Judge dismisses suit filed by senator's son

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Sen. Jeff Flake's adult son over now-dismissed animal cruelty charges he faced in the 2014 heat-exhaustion deaths of 21 dogs at a kennel operated by his then-in-laws.

Austin Flake and his ex-wife Logan Brown lost the lawsuit against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County at a trial late last year.
    
Since then, they have sought another trial, this time against the case's investigator.
    
They argued authorities failed to turn over key evidence.
    
But Judge Neil Wake dismissed the lawsuit Monday and ruled their attorneys hadn't showed Detective Maria Trombi intended to deprive their clients of any constitutional rights.
    
The charges against Flake and Brown were dismissed after an expert determined the kennel's air conditioner failed because the operators didn't properly maintain it.