Twelve people sit in front of the north side of the White House to demonstrate against President Barack Obama's deportation actions April 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 10:58 AM EDT

A non-jury federal trial began yesterday in the case of a North Carolina sheriff accused of jailing Latino drivers in order to boost deportations, the Justice Department says. Two retired deputies have already testifed that Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson ordered them in 2007 to 2008 to lock up Latino drivers for traffic violations instead of issuing citations. One reportedly spoke to investigators because, according to the AP, "he worried the sheriff's priorities would be adopted by young law officers."

Johnson, a Republican, is running unopposed for a fourth four-year term in November. His defense says the Justice Department will not be able to prove a pattern of racial profiling.

(h/t The Guardian)