The Latest: Arizona sheriff could see more contempt hearings

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Posted: May 31, 2016 6:38 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a hearing for contempt-of-court violations for Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio (all times local):

3:25 p.m.

A judge presiding over a racial profiling case against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has raised the possibility of holding a second round of contempt-of-court hearings against the lawman.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow said Tuesday that additional hearings could force the sheriff's office to do more to comply with a court-ordered overhaul of its policies and practices.

Snow made the comment during a court hearing on possible ways to handle an earlier contempt ruling against Arpaio for ignoring an order to stop immigration patrols.

An official hired to monitor the agency on the judge's behalf says the agency is unacceptability slow in carrying out the court-ordered overhaul aimed at guarding against future profiling.

Snow raised the possibility of imposing fines and jailing sheriff's employees who drag their feet in making the changes.

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12:41 p.m.

A judge who is considering redoing internal investigations into alleged officer misconduct at Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office has rejected the lawman's effort to keep his power to reverse discipline stemming from those cases.

Arpaio has faced criticism in a racial profiling case for internal investigations that the judge has already deemed invalid or inadequate.

The judge has said the agency's internal investigations are fraught with biased decision-making and conflicts of interest.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow is considering re-investigating the misconduct allegations as part of a contempt-of-court ruling against the sheriff for violating court orders in a racial profiling case

Arpaio attorney John Masterson objected to the judge wanting to take away the veto power from Arpaio.

The May 13 civil contempt decision could lead to a criminal contempt case.

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11:20 a.m.

A judge considering penalties against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sheriff for contempt-of-court violations suggests taxpayers likely will foot the bill for the lawman's intentional disobedience in a racial profiling case.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow is holding a hearing Tuesday to examine remedies for Arpaio's civil contempt violations, including letting his immigration patrols continue months after the judge ordered them stopped.

The judge also says he won't grant the agency any deference on issues dealing with the illegal detentions.

The violations are expected to lead to greater court oversight of the sheriff's office and a possible criminal contempt case that could expose Arpaio to fines and even jail time.

The judge says Latinos illegally detained in traffic stops in violation of the 2011 order to stop his patrols can seek compensation from county government.

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12:11 a.m.

A judge will hold a hearing Tuesday to examine ways to address the Maricopa County sheriff's contempt-of-court violations in a racial profiling case.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found in civil contempt two weeks ago for disobeying court orders in the profiling case, including letting his immigration patrols continue after the judge ordered them stopped.

The finding is expected to bring greater court oversight to the sheriff's office and could lead to a criminal contempt case that could expose Arpaio to fines and even jail time.

Lawyers who pressed the case against Arpaio are urging the judge to recommend a criminal investigation against the sheriff.

The contempt ruling concluded Arpaio deliberately misstated facts when he denied in court that he had conducted an investigation of the judge.