Judge dismisses suit against Indiana immigration law

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a northwestern Indiana Hispanic advocacy group challenging a portion of Indiana's immigration law because of technical flaws.

U.S. District Judge Jon DeGuilio ruled this week that Union Benefica Mexicana can refile the lawsuit with corrections but the original suit can't go forward because it improperly names the state of Indiana, the governor, the attorney general and three northwestern Indiana county prosecutors as defendants.

The other defendants were three county sheriffs.

Union Benefica Mexicana sued in late 2011 after the General Assembly passed a law that opponents argued gave police sweeping arrest powers against immigrants who haven't committed crimes. That part of the law was left unenforceable by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against an Arizona law, but language affecting businesses remained intact.

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