Feds seek records on Arpaio's investigation involving judge

PHOENIX (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department is seeking documents that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office was given by a computer consultant hired to help in a secret investigation that involved a judge in the sheriff's racial profiling case.

The request for documents provided by consultant Dennis Montgomery was revealed Friday in a court filing.

Two weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow said Arpaio intended to show Snow and the Justice Department were conspiring against him in the profiling lawsuit and another case.

Snow had said Montgomery told Arpaio's office he could figure out what Snow and the Justice Department had been talking about.

Arpaio has said his office eventually lost confidence in Montgomery's credibility.

Two years ago, Snow ruled Arpaio's officers racially profiled Latinos.

It's unknown what the Justice Department plans to do with the documents.