PHOENIX — A federal appeals court has denied Maricopa County’s request for
another hearing over its decision to make the county a party in Sheriff Joe
Arpaio’s racial profiling case.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in mid-April that Arpaio’s office was
improperly named as a party in the case and instead substituted the county as a
Still, Arpaio was sued in his individual capacity and remains a party to the
The appeals court upheld a May 2013 ruling that concluded Arpaio’s office had
racially profiling of Latinos in its regular traffic and immigration patrols.
The sheriff was undergoing contempt-of-court proceedings in the profiling case
for his acknowledged violation of a judge’s orders.
Arpaio was seeking to disqualify the judge from the case.