A federal judge on Thursday awarded more than $4.4 million to attorneys who won a long-running racial profiling case against the operations of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, although that pared the sum plaintiffs' lawyers had sought by about a third.
US District Judge Murray Snow ruled that four groups of plaintiffs' lawyers were entitled to the amount to cover their fees and expenses for the case, in which another judge found that sheriff's deputies were unfairly singling out Latino drivers for traffic stops on the basis of ethnicity.
Snow lowered the plaintiffs' latest proposal for attorneys fees and expenses by $2.3 million in granting a final $4.4 million award.
"We're very gratified that the court saved the taxpayers money and cut some of the fat," Tim Casey, a sheriff's office attorney, said of the reduced award.
The case, which was originally filed in 2007, tested whether police could target undocumented immigrants without also profiling US citizens and legal residents of Hispanic origin.