A judge denied a request by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s lawyer to forbid the public release of videos of recent depositions by sheriff’s officials in a racial profiling lawsuit against the agency.
Arpaio’s lawyer argued the lawsuit arising from the sheriff’s immigration patrols shouldn’t be tried in the media. He wanted the videos to be kept private until the case concluded.
Portions of an earlier Arpaio deposition in the case were broadcast on TV stations last year.
Opposing attorneys say Arpaio’s lawyer doesn’t allege any harm from releasing the videos.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow says the request didn’t provide a justification for such an order, but left open the possibility for the request to be made again.