Sheriff Arpaio Racial-Profiling Lawsuit Trial Still Set for July 19; Judge Rules He Doesn't Have Conflict

See also: U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow Sets Up Sheriff Arpaio for Knockout in Racial-Profiling Case; Ruling Describes Deputies' Dirty Tricks

See also: Joe Arpaio Admits Racial Profiling, Takes Bigoted Suggestions From Supporters, as MCSO Deputies Pass Racist E-Mails and Racially Profile

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U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow ruled today that he will stay on as judge in the ACLU's racial-profiling case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.

The highly anticipated trial over accusations that the Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office committed widespread discrimination will begin as scheduled on July 19, a federal judge ruled today.

U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow states in his July 3 ruling that he won't recuse himself from the case simply because his brother-in-law happens to work for the plaintiffs' law firm.

Snow notes that it would be in the interests of justice to resolve the case, which was filed four-and-a-half years ago and has already seen the replacement of several lawyers for the plaintiffs and another judge.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on behalf of local Latinos who say they were profiled and mistreated in racially charged traffic stops. It's separate from the U.S. Department of Justice probe that found evidence of widespread discrimination under Arpaio, but involves many of the same allegations.



In a case already beset by numerous delays, including those caused by Arpaio's destruction of evidence, Snow was recently faced with the decision on whether or not to recuse himself because his wife's brother, Keith Teel, works as a patent lawyer for the international law firm, Covington & Burling LLP.

Snow had already pondered the issue of a potential conflict of interest in mid-2010, when the Covington & Burling group took over for a previous set of lawyers. He decided there was no conflict, but didn't tell anyone about his concerns. The plaintiffs' lawyers brought up the issue last month, noting that Teel had no part in the case and would receive no financial benefit from it.

Arpaio could have made a stink over the issue and delayed the trial further, but decided against it. According to an Arizona Republic article about the issue on June 28, Arpaio believes Snow "would give the case an impartial hearing."

Evidently, Arpaio only raises issues of a vast conspiracy by the Obama Administration when he finds it convenient to do so.

The fact that Arpaio thinks Snow is impartial is ironic, since Snow has already ruled that he'll show bias in the case against the sheriff. Not personal bias, of course -- but rather, bias against the notion that the sheriff and his minions didn't commit racial profiling, based on the agency's outrageous destruction evidence likely to support the plaintiffs' claims.


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Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

Please Joe, when you go to Prison, try the Hispanic M.C.S.O. special: peanut butter sandwiches, I hear they are the Bomb? You Racist.

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

If the Federal Government would have forced their Monitors into Joes "Death Camps", I doubt that peanut Butter sandwich would have Bruised, Cut, and Choked the latest Hispanic Man wrongfully Killed by the Goons Squad.

enrollment management
enrollment management

Teel had no part in the case and would receive no financial benefit from it.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

That's exactly my feeling on this, the flaccid fool is saving that as his insurance in case Judge Snow rules against him, he figures its worth a shot having an Ace in the sleeve to be able to demand a mistrial later, is priceless for him and fits his M.O. perfectly, a mistrial means more wasted time and money, he knows he can not outright win, so he is trying to win by attrition, he is hoping people would just give up at some point, he has nothing to lose by this strategy of trying to outspend the plaintiffs since he is not paying for his attorneys fees, we are.

Danzigsdaddy
Danzigsdaddy

HHes not contesting it now because if they rule against him, then he csn demand a mistrial on conflict of interest claiming the judge SHOULD HAVE recused himself and then try to claim there is a even deeper conspirscy to get him. Its all B.S. but its still more attention, and thats all he wants

DNichols
DNichols

How many more must Die in Arpaio's Death Camps? How many more Hispanic's, Whites, Blacks, ect. How many more mentally ill must be Beaten/Tased to Death by Arpaio Trained Goon/Death Squads? The list is very long, and has even grown during this Too Damn Long Federal Investigation! Arpaio's Goons have Wrongfully Killed/Murdered two Hispanics even during the Investigation! One of whom, mentally ill, and an Iraq War Veteran! Time for Arpaio the Monster, and his Goons to face Justice! In 1996 when the Arizona Courts didn't even slap six of  the Goon Squads knuckles for the "Worst Beating/Taser Killing in History" of Scott Norberg, who was Beaten, then totally restrained, beaten more, then  tased over twenty times , with a wet towel being shoved down his throat to stop him from begging for his life, the Courts  sent Arpaio, and his Trained Goon Squads an Important message: once they have a Human Being inside thier "Death Camp" they can do anything they want, with No Reprecusion What so Ever! To: Justice, even in Corrupt Arizona?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

The  biggest conflict in this whole case is the fact that it exists at all.  OSB should grow up and get out of the Shurffing business since he can't grow up and do his job with ethics, integrity and in accordance with the law and the constitutions that bind Arizona. This whole case is outrageously expensive and we are paying for it because an old man thinks it is his right to do what he wants for attention.

narizona
narizona

One of the biggest crooks in Arizona...........in my opinion!

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

Use all of my Hard Earned Tax Dollars it takes to make this Racist,Wrongful Killing, piece of Human Garbage "Face True Justice"! TO; True Justice for All Arpaio. I only hope those you have had Murdered (Wrongfully Killed.) in your "Death Camps" see you Face Justice!

Masked Magician
Masked Magician

Gerry, AZPOST rules do not require the MCSO shurf to be a certified peace officer, despite ARS 11-441 laying out the job description of sheriff as a peace officer. I do agree with you about the outrageous expense. But then again this is all a sideshow away from the real business at hand: the DOJ and their report on racial profiling, and the U.S. Attorney and their abuse of power investigation.

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