Arpaio racial profiling case: attorneys meet with judge

The racial profiling case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio isn't set to get back underway until June, but attorneys were in the courtroom.

Among the issues discussed, whether attorneys should alert the CIA to information in the possession of the Sheriff's legal team.

It was a status conference where the judge discussed a number of issues including potentially sensitive material given to Arpaio's legal team.

He also wants lawyers to start talking about compensating victims.

Judge Snow has now asked attorneys to come back to the courtroom every week for status conferences.

Given that the Sheriff has already admitted to violating the judge's order to stop his immigration sweeps, the judge told lawyers to start thinking about possible settlements. The number of victims could be in the hundreds.

"There are many, and we may not be able to find them all at this point. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office actually has the records for that. We're having some discussions with them and trying to get as much information as we can. Those who we can find we will represent, and get the remedies that we can get for them," said Stanley Young with the American Civil Liberties Union.

The judge will make the final decision, but he emphasized that if he can't find a remedy that makes a difference, he may move to recommend criminal contempt.

"The sad thing for me, being a former county supervisor, is the county having to foot the bill because Arpaio just ignored the court order," said Mary Rose Wilcox.

Arpaio's attorneys are also sifting through a 2TB hard drive full of data given to them by an informant who has recently accused the judge of being biased against Arpaio. That informant is also a longtime critic of federal intelligence agencies. The data may contain documents sensitive to the CIA, and the judge ordered attorneys to alert the CIA should anything turn up that may be of interest.

The Sheriff was not in the courtroom. Attorneys plan to meet again in early June.
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