NYU Law Prof: Sheriff Arpaio did nothing unethical by hiring private investigator to talk to biased judge’s wife and family
Other ethics attorneys all concur: Snow must recuse himself from the case over allegations his wife reportedly made that he is biased against Arpaio
Judge Murray Snow, reportedly of the Snow family from Arizona that has demonstrated a powerful, longstanding history of political activism aiding illegal immigrants, and destroying anyone in their way.
If you’ve been following this story, you’ve heard in most of the so-called mainstream media that Sheriff Joe Arpaio unethically hired a private investigator to look into allegations the wife of the judge handling the case against him says he is biased against him. A NYU law professor says otherwise.Arizona Public Media, one of the fairer local news sources, ran this:According to testimony from Arpaio and his chief deputy, the sheriff got a Facebook message in August 2013. It was from a woman who said she had heard Judge Murray Snow’s wife make comments that the judge hated Arpaio and didn’t want him to be re-elected. According to the sheriff, his lawyer hired a private investigator to talk with her and her family further.That had many wondering, was that ethical?
“Yes, it was appropriate. Lawyers have to protect their clients,” said Stephen Gillers, a law professor at New York University who studies judicial ethics.
“If this lawyer believed that there was some evidence of personal animus on the part of Judge Snow toward his clients, then investigation within certain bounds is entirely appropriate,” Gillers said.
Chad Snow, reportedly one of Judge Snow’s relatives whose family has made it a priority to attack anyone who dares to combat illegal immigration.
We talked to some attorneys who practice ethics law, and they agreed. We also asked them if Judge Snow is required to recuse himself from the case due to the alleged statements by his wife as well as Arpaio hiring a PI, and they unanimously agreed he must according to judicial ethics rules, but none of them dared go on the record due to fear of retaliation by Snow. One candidly told us they believe Snow was assigned to this case to “make sure Joe goes down” and will not recuse himself for any reason, he’s in this to win it and to “destroy Joe.”
Another attorney who only spoke to us off the record, said Snow and his Arizona family (apparently the Snow who founded the town Snowflake) have long family ties to illegal immigrant sympathizers, which is why he was selected to handle this case against Arpaio. One of them is reportedly a relative, attorney Chad Snow, who was the co-chair on the recall effort against Senator Russell Pearce. Snow is most well-known for publicly calling a Latina a b*** for simply disagreeing with his politics. He reportedly became radicalized serving on a mission in his youth to Spain.
With a long, extended family history sympathetic to illegal immigration, to the point of radical activism, why hasn’t this man recused himself???
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