- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is asking a federal judge to delay proceedings in a racial profiling case while Arpaio prepares to appeal the judge’s refusal to disqualify himself.

Saying Arpaio is entitled to a “fair and impartial legal proceeding,” the sheriff’s lawyers asked for a stay Tuesday while they prepare to file an appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals later this month.

Lawyers for civil rights group pressing the case responded Thursday, arguing that the sheriff’s request lacks any legal basis and would delay the resolution of the case and the implementation of any court-ordered steps to protect people injured by racial profiling.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow issued a ruling in 2013 that concluded sheriff’s deputies had racially profiled Hispanics in traffic enforcement and immigration patrols.

The judge launched a contempt case earlier this year due to Arpaio’s acknowledged violations of court orders in the profiling case, including letting deputies conduct immigration patrols for 18 months after being ordered to stop.

On July 10, Snow denied a motion by Arpaio for the judge to step aside. The judge’s ruling said the disqualification motion was tardy, “legally insufficient” and stemmed from Arpaio’s own actions.

Arpaio’s lawyers had argued in the disqualification request that Snow put his impartiality at issue by questions he asked during an April 23 hearing about secret investigations involving the judge that were done on Arpaio’s behalf.

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This story has been corrected to show that the judge refused to disqualify himself, instead of disqualifying himself.

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