- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The outgoing sheriff of metro Phoenix has lost a bid to put his racial profiling case on hold while he argues that a judge should be recused from presiding over the case.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled Monday that Sheriff Joe Arpaio didn’t provide adequate justification for putting the brakes on the case.

The ruling comes a month before Arpaio leaves office.

Arpaio’s attorneys argued that Snow shouldn’t preside over the case anymore because he had improper private conversations with an official hired to monitor the agency on behalf of the court.

Snow says Arpaio has long been aware of the judge’s communications with the monitor about a court-ordered overhaul of the agency.

The overhaul was ordered as a remedy to a ruling that Arpaio’s deputies had profiled Latinos.

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