Joe Arpaio, 'America's toughest sheriff,' found in contempt of court in racial profiling case


Nigel Duara | LA Times

A federal judge in Arizona has ruled that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaiointentionally violated the judge's orders to end profiling of Latinos 19 times, a decision that raises the possibility he could face criminal charges.

U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow found Arpaio and three of his top aides in contempt of court on Friday and wrote in his decision that Arpaio was less than truthful in a series of hearings last year.

"The Court finds that the Defendants have engaged inmultiple acts of misconduct, dishonesty, and bad faith," Snow wrote.

A hearing is scheduled May 31 to determine the civil penalties and examine whether Arpaio will face a criminal contempt case.

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