Officials mull attorney fees in Arpaio's profiling case

Posted at 6:32 AM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 15:58:47-04

Officials are scheduled to vote on whether Maricopa County taxpayers will pay $4.4 million in fees to attorneys who won a racial profiling case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is seeking a seventh term.

The amount of taxpayer money spent on Arpaio's case will rise to $48.2 million if the Board of Supervisors approves a settlement on the legal costs.

This is the second time that Arpaio's legal foes have sought fees in the case.

The attorneys were awarded nearly $4.5 million in 2014 for the costs of bringing the case to trial.

Their latest payment request attributes a majority of the fees to post-trial work related to a contempt-of-court case against Arpaio for his defiance of a judge's orders.

Federal law lets the winners of civil rights cases seek reimbursement for legal costs.