Profiling case against Arizona sheriff put on hold after lawman seeks to remove case's judge

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PHOENIX — A racial profiling case against an Arizona sheriff was put on hold after his attorneys asked the case's judge to disqualify himself.

No decision has yet been made about whether U.S. District Judge Murray Snow will be removed from Sheriff Joe Arpaio's profiling case, but the request stops all litigation from going forward until the issue is decided.

Arpaio's lawyers say there's a perception that Snow is biased because he posed questions about an investigation done on behalf of Arpaio's office that examined a statement allegedly made by Snow's wife about the judge not wanting the sheriff to get re-elected.

Opposing lawyers say the request is an attempt to delay contempt-of-court hearings scheduled next month against Arpaio for his acknowledged violation of court orders in the profiling case.

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