ACLU, Salt Lake Sheriff Settle Immigration Suit

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File photo of court. (Spencer Weiner-Pool/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah says it’s settled a lawsuit with the Salt Lake County jail over a Weber State University student who was held after posting bail while authorities checked his immigration status.

ACLU officials say the county has agreed to end its procedure of delaying releases for 48 hours when they suspect an inmate is in the country illegally.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit in 2011 claiming Sheriff James Winder held 22-year-old Enrique Uroza unlawfully for 46 days after he posted bail. The ACLU says he was initially arrested on forgery and theft charges.

Winder said his agency was following requirements of a 2008 state immigration law.

Uroza will also receive $75,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees.

Winder was expected to comment on the settlement Monday.

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