Ex-Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Found Guilty Of Contempt

Law360, San Francisco (July 31, 2017, 7:46 PM EDT) -- Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio could face jail time after an Arizona federal judge passed down a conviction for criminal contempt Monday, finding he continued having people not suspected of criminal activity detained based only on their immigration status, even after a court order blocked the practice.

The case was referred to U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton after her colleague Judge G. Murray Snow, who wrote the original injunction, learned it had allegedly been continuously violated by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and found Arpaio had committed civil contempt.

The injunction resulted from a 2011 lawsuit brought by Manuel Melendres,...

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