Arpaio Faces Contempt Of Court
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a contempt of court hearing for violating a judge’s orders on racial profiling.
…Arpaio has acknowledged disobeying the judge’s pretrial order that barred his immigration enforcement patrols. He also has accepted responsibility for his agency’s failure to turn over traffic-stop videos in the profiling case and bungling a plan to gather such recordings from officers once some videos were discovered.
The hearing marks the boldest attempt to hold the normally defiant sheriff personally responsible for his actions…
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow will decide whether Arpaio and four aides should be held in contempt for violating the order barring the sheriff’s immigration patrols. Rank-and-file officers weren’t told about the injunction, leaving them to violate the order for about 18 months.
The sheriff and his second-in-command, Jerry Sheridan, have acknowledged violating the order and being responsible for the agency’s failure to turn over traffic-stop videos and bungling the subsequent plan to gather recordings from officers.
Arpaio proposed offering a public apology and making a donation to a civil rights organization from his own pockets.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow has said the $100,000 donation proposed by Arpaio and Sheridan was an adequate personal financial penalty but rejected their requests to call off the hearing because their proposal didn’t comprehensively resolve the contempt case.