- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Contempt-of-court hearings scheduled later this month for an Arizona sheriff have been postponed until a decision is made on the lawman’s request to have a judge disqualified from the case.

No new dates have been set for the contempt hearings against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his acknowledged violations of U.S. District Judge Murray Snow’s orders in a racial profiling case.

Arpaio’s attorneys say there’s a perception that Snow has a personal stake because he questioned the sheriff about a secret investigation that examined a statement allegedly made by the judge’s wife.

She’s reported to have said the judge didn’t want Arpaio to win re-election, though it’s not clear whether she ever made such a comment.

Opposing lawyers say the sheriff’s request was a stall tactic.

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