PHOENIX — A trial will begin as scheduled on July 19 in a racial profiling lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio after the judge who will decide the case considered and rejected handing the matter to another judge.
The question of whether U.S. District Judge Murray Snow should stay on the case had raised the possibility of pushing back the trial until after the November election in which Arpaio is seeking a sixth term.
Snow raised the possibility of his recusal in mid-June after lawyers who are pressing the lawsuit on behalf of a small group of Latinos had learned that the judge’s brother-in-law is a partner in the firm for which they work.
The judge’s brother-in-law isn’t involved in the racial profiling case.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.