The former Maricopa County sheriff emerges as head of a conservative non-profit.
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Arizona Republic columnist Ed Montini weighs in on Sherff Joe Arpaio’s re-election loss. Video by azcentral
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With a federal judge’s signature on a proposed order initially submitted by prosecutors Oct. 17, the deal is sealed: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is criminally charged with federal contempt of court.
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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s attorney Mel Mcdonald addresses the media outside the federal courthouse in Phoenix. Nick Oza/azcentral.com
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Protesters demonstrate against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio outside federal court on Oct. 11, 2016. azcentral.com
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Maricopa County Supervisors on Sept. 21 approved an extra $4.5 million in legal fees to cover costs with a long-running racial-profiling case involving the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
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The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is eliminating pay raises for some of its jail detention staff to help foot the growing bill for a racial-profiling case, but they considered several other options, including closing the famous Tent City jail.
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A federal judge issued sweeping reforms over the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s internal affairs division, stripping its leaders of autonomy over disciplinary actions related to the long-running racial-profiling case against the agency.
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A federal judge has found Sheriff Joe Arpaio in civil contempt of federal court.
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Attorneys for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio are asking a judge to dismiss the criminal contempt charge he faces in a trial that’s looming in just two weeks.
The defense team, now joined by Dennis and Jack Wilenchik, argued the case is barred by a one-year statute of limitations, according to a court filing.
If that argument is rejected by a judge, they are asking for a 60-day continuance of the trial, the document says.
It is the defense’s third attempt at delaying the trial, this time citing last week’s withdrawal of Arpaio’s former lead defense attorney, Mel McDonald.
The motion was filed in federal court on Monday. Defense attorneys asked for the court to hear their arguments at a scheduled hearing on Wednesday, when parties will discuss another defense move to stay the proceedings until after a related appeal has been put to rest.
Defense attorneys have previously — and unsuccessfully — asked U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton to stall the case based on prep work and the timing of defense attorney Mark Goldman’s son’s Bar Mitzvah.
Justice Department prosecutors previously asked for a continuance, based on the initial trial date coinciding with the NCAA Final Four in Phoenix. That motion was granted, and the trial was rescheduled to begin April 25.
Arpaio could face up to six months in jail for failing to follow a federal judge’s order barring the agency from enforcing federal law. The contempt proceedings stem from a long-running racial-profiling case.
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