Lawyers who pushed MCSO profiling case seek fees
PHOENIX -- Attorneys who won a racial profiling lawsuit against Maricopa County Joe Arpaio's office are urging a judge to order the county to pay $7.3 million for legal fees and others costs that they incurred while litigating the case.
The lawyers say in a court filing that their fee request is reasonable given that they worked on the case for nearly six years.
Arpaio's attorneys have said the request is excessive and outrageous.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow has ruled that the sheriff's office has systematically singled out Latinos in its regular traffic and special immigration patrols.
The judge has also ordered the appointment of a monitor to ensure the agency isn't making unconstitutional arrests.
The sheriff's office is appealing the racial profiling ruling and the decision to appoint a monitor.