The Latest: Official defends investigation over court order

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Posted: Oct 27, 2015 7:49 PM
The Latest: Official defends investigation over court order

PHOENIX (AP) — The latest on an Arizona sheriff's contempt-of-court proceedings (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

A Maricopa County sheriff's official says he doesn't think Sheriff Joe Arpaio should have been investigated for violating a judge's order in a racial profiling case.

Mike Olson conducted an internal investigation into who at the sheriff's office was responsible for letting officers conduct immigration patrols 18 months after the judge ordered them stopped.

Arpaio has acknowledged violating the order, but he wasn't targeted in the internal investigation.

Olson didn't impose any discipline against other sheriff's officials who were the subject of the investigation.

Olson says his task wasn't to investigate the sheriff and pointed out that Arpaio is elected by the people.

He says if voters want Arpaio out of office, then they can oust him.

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2:55 p.m.

A top manager at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says he didn't face a conflict of interest when he decided that his boss shouldn't be punished for defying a judge's order in a racial profiling case.

Mike Olson said Tuesday that he had extensive experience in dealing with internal investigations so it made sense that he was picked to decide whether his immediate boss, Jerry Sheridan, and others should be disciplined for violating the order.

Sheridan and Sheriff Joe Arpaio have acknowledged in a contempt-of-court case that they let deputies conduct immigration patrols for 18 months after a judge ordered them stopped.

Sheridan was initially recommended for a 40-hour suspension without pay, but Olson didn't impose any penalties in the investigation.

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11 a.m.

A lawyer says Arizona's federal prosecutors won't grant criminal immunity to an investigator in exchange for his testimony in a contempt-of-court case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Richard Walker, an attorney representing Maricopa County, says Tuesday that he spoke with federal prosecutors about granting Mike Zullo immunity from prosecution.

Zullo is the leader of a volunteer sheriff's posse. He took part in an investigation that Arpaio critics say centered on a judge presiding over the sheriff's racial-profiling case.

Arpaio denies he was investigating the judge.

Zullo declined to answer many questions in a deposition in the case. An Arpaio lawyer suggested granting immunity to Zullo in exchange for his testimony.