Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s profiling lawsuit to proceed
A trial will begin as scheduled on July 19 in an ethnic profiling lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio after the judge who will decide the case rejected handing the matter to another judge.
The question of whether U.S. District Judge Murray Snow should stay on the case had raised the possibility of pushing back the trial until after the November election in which Arpaio is seeking a sixth term.
Snow raised the possibility of his recusal in mid-June after lawyers who are pressing the lawsuit on behalf of a small group of Latinos had learned that the judge’s brother-in-law, Keith Teel, is a partner in the firm for which they work. Teel isn’t a lawyer in the ethnic profiling case and is an insurance, patent, and product liability litigator who works out of the firm’s office in Washington.
The lawsuit alleges that officers based some traffic stops on the ethnicity of people in the vehicles and made the stops so they could inquire about their immigration status.
Arpaio denies the ethnic profiling allegation, saying people pulled over in the sweeps were approached because deputies had probable cause to believe they had committed crimes.
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