Sheriff Joe Arpaio, underlings in contempt of federal court, judge rules

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By Megan Cassidy | The Republic

It’s official: A federal judge has found Sheriff Joe Arpaio in civil contempt of federal court.

A federal judge ruled that the Maricopa County lawman and three of his top aides violated a federal court order meant to curtail racial profiling in his agency, according to a ruling issued Friday.

The civil contempt-of-court ruling from U.S. District Judge Murray Snow, which held Arpaio in contempt on three counts, brings to an end a lengthy proceeding that started a year ago when Snow convened a series of hearings in downtown Phoenix to determine whether Arpaio and his commanders defied Snow’s court orders.

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