Court sets Dec. 3 hearing to hear arguments over Arpaio's appeal of racial profiling ruling


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PHOENIX — A court has set a Dec. 3 hearing to hear arguments in Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's appeal of a ruling that concluded his officers have systematically racially profiled Latinos in its vehicle patrols.

Attorneys on both sides of the case will make their arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled in May 2013 that Arpaio's office has singled out Latinos in its regular traffic and immigration patrols.

The sheriff vigorously denies that his officers have racially profiled people.

Arpaio isn't appealing the ruling on the immigration patrols and instead is challenging the judge's conclusions on regular traffic patrols.

In a training session a year ago, Arpaio's top aide predicted the appeals court would uphold Snow's ruling.

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