Judge in suit against Arpaio won't recuse himself

July 05, 2012

The judge in a suit against the Maricopa County Sheriff will not recuse himself, and the trial will go forward as scheduled. 

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is being sued for racial profiling by a small group of Latinos. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow was assigned the case, but raised the possibility of handing it over to another judge after lawyers for the plaintiff found out that Snow’s brother-in-law works for their firm, though he’s not involved in the case.

The idea was also floated of delaying the start of the trial until after Arpaio’s re-election bid in November. But Judge Snow decided that he will hear the case. The trial is scheduled to begin July 19.

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