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Arpaio Lawyers Ask Judge Be Removed From Racial Profiling Case

Lawyers for outgoing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio are asking a federal court to remove the judge overseeing his racial profiling case.

Arpaio’s lawyers not only want federal Judge Murray Snow off the case, but also the court appointed Monitor to go. The briefings argue the two have engaged in “private, off-the-record meetings and communications.” That would be prohibited under federal law.  

The filings also say the court is improperly micromanaging the internal operations of a local agency. Arpaio faces separate criminal charges for prolonging his immigration patrols for 17 months after a judge ordered them stopped.

He has pleaded not guilty to that and his trial is set for April.

After six terms in office, Arpaio lost his re-election bid to democrat Paul Penzone.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.