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9th Circuit Refuses to Disqualify Judge in Case Against Sheriff Arpaio


On September 15 the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected a request to disqualify U.S. District Judge Murray Snow from overseeing a racial-profiling case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Breitbart News previously reported that Arpaio’s attorneys wanted Snow to recuse himself after his wife allegedly revealed his hatred of Arpaio. Snow’s wife allegedly told an old acquaintance that her husband “hates” Sheriff Arpaio and “will do anything to get [him] out of office.” But the judge refused to give up his role in the case, so Arpaio’s attorneys asked the 9th Circuit to intervene. The court refused the request on Tuesday.

According to KTAR News, the “9th Circuit Court of Appeals also rejected the sheriff’s request to postpone next week’s contempt-of-court hearings against the 83-year-old lawman.” KJZZ reports that the contempt-of-court hearing is the result of Arpaio’s “acknowledged violations of court orders in the profiling case.”

AZ Central reports that Sheriff Arpaio’s attorneys are “exploring all [their] options” heading into next week. Those options include seeking “relief from the U.S. Supreme Court.”

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