Federal judge finds Arpaio in contempt of court

5/16/16  United State District Court Judge G. Murray Snow issued a ruling on Friday finding Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, as well as three of his top aides, in contempt of court for violation of court orders prohibiting tactics deemed racial profiling as a means to enforce federal immigration policy, engaging in “multiple acts of misconduct, dishonesty, and bad faith”.

The ruling states Arpaio repeatedly and intentionally disregarded the court’s orders to change policy and procedures, and to provide records regarding same, and further chose to publicize examples of his office’s continued use of the same tactics targeting Latinos for political reasons, reportedly against the advice of his own staff and attorney.

This ruling is the most recent action in a case which has origin in a 2007 federal class-action suit filed by Latino drivers. The case is estimated to have cost Maricopa County $41 million dollars to-date; an additional $13 million is requested to be approved today for the coming year.

A hearing is scheduled in the case May 31st to discuss possible penalties and remedies.

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