Flake’s son seeks new trial against Arpaio in Arizona: report
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOn The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Trump looms large over fractured Arizona GOP Why Republican politicians are sticking with Trump MORE’s (R-Ariz.) son is reportedly seeking a new civil trial against ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is running to replace Flake in the Senate.

Austin Flake and his ex-wife lost a lawsuit late last year that alleged Arpaio pursued felony animal cruelty charges against them in an effort to hurt the senator politically. The case was dismissed in December.

Austin Flake’s lawyer told The Associated Press that he will seek another trial because authorities did not turn over evidence that he believes could have swayed the jury in Flake’s favor.


In June 2014, Austin Flake and his then-wife were charged in a case relating to the deaths of 21 dogs at a kennel when the air conditioning in the room they were staying in stopped working. Austin Flake and his wife were watching the dogs at while his in-laws, who operated the kennel, were out of town.

Since the case was dismissed, Arpaio has announced his candidacy to replace Jeff Flake in the Senate. Flake, who has been a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE, is not running for reelection.

Arpaio has been an outspoken supporter of Trump since he launched his campaign in 2015. Apraio faces a GOP primary this summer against Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyMcGuire unveils Arizona Senate campaign On The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly welcome first grandchild MORE (R-Ariz.) and Kelli Ward.

Trump pardoned Arpaio last August after the sheriff had been found guilty of contempt of court after a Justice Department investigation found he racially profiled Latinos.