Arpaio lawyer cites ethics as reason to withdraw

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio By Mike Gertzman Sheriff Joe Arpaio By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- A lawyer representing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a racial profiling case says legal ethics compel his firm to step aside.

Attorney Tim Casey provides that explanation in a filing Tuesday before a Thursday court hearing but says he cannot elaborate without disclosing confidential information.

Casey previously said only that he and a colleague wanted off the case.

The attorneys who pressed the case against Arpaio objected to the proposed withdrawal, saying it might hinder compliance with court orders.

Meanwhile, Arpaio has said Casey's expertise is in trial representation and that Arpaio's office is now better served by a lawyer with proficiency in post-trial compliance orders.

Last year, U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow concluded Arpaio's office has racially profiled Latinos during patrols. Arpaio is appealing the decision.