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Judge warns he may launch investigations if Arpaio's office doesn't act in good faith


PHOENIX — A judge presiding over a racial profiling case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office warned that he would get a court-appointed official to investigate allegations of wrongdoing by officers if the agency doesn't adequately examine such allegations.

The warning Thursday from U.S. District Judge Murray Snow came after the judge has expressed frustrations for the way Arpaio's office has investigated allegations that a former sheriff's deputy was shaking down immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Snow says he will have Robert Warshaw, who is monitoring the agency on the judge's behalf, investigate any allegations that he feels the sheriff's office isn't examining in good faith.

Warshaw has said his team has never seen more unprofessional interviews than those conducted by Arpaio's employees who are running the investigation.

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