Arizona ACLU Awarded Some Attorney's Fees In Ongoing MSCO Racial Profiling Case

By Casey Kuhn
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 9:19pm
Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 7:58am
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A federal judge last week awarded about half of the fees requested by the plaintiffs and ACLU of Arizona in a long-running racial profiling case against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

The fees cover time spent by plaintiff attorneys during work monitoring the Sheriff’s Office, among other things.

Originally, the ACLU of Arizona requested about $1.2 million to cover the latest work. Judge Murray Snow decided some work was duplicative, as well as poorly recorded, and awarded the plaintiffs about $743,000 in fees to be paid by the county.

Kathy Brody is the legal director for ACLU of Arizona.

“The main point that I took from Judge Snow’s order is that we, as the lawyers for the plaintiff’s class, could do a better job of organizing our presentation about why we’re entitled to fees,” she said.

The judge also said the local ACLU would bring up to four lawyers to meetings, creating an "arms race of attorneys."

The original racial profiling lawsuit led to court-imposed changes at the Sheriff’s Office.

Brody said the bulk of fees are related to monitoring the Sheriff’s Office’s compliance with the court orders.

“You can see that it’s a significant cut to what we asked for and that is disappointing," she said. "But we understand Judge Snow’s concerns that he raised in his order.”