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Sheriff Arpaio Set to Testify Wednesday in Contempt Hearing

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Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 04:37 PM

An Arizona sheriff known for cracking down on illegal immigration will begin testifying Wednesday at a contempt-of-court hearing for disobeying court orders in a racial profiling case.

Lawyers disclosed plans for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to take the stand earlier than expected in the case marking the boldest attempt yet to hold the normally defiant sheriff personally responsible for his actions..

On Tuesday, a supervisor with Arpaio's now-disbanded smuggling squad offered a tough critique of the sheriff, blaming Arpaio for ignoring the 2011 orders and describing the famed lawman as being driven by a need for publicity.

The hearing was convened over Arpaio's acknowledged violations of three orders in the profiling case, including disobeying a 2011 injunction that barred him from conducting immigration enforcement patrols.

Rank-and-file officers who were never told about the ruling violated the order for about 18 months.

The sheriff also has accepted responsibility for his agency's failure to turn over traffic-stop videos and bungling a plan to gather such recordings from officers once some videos were discovered.

Arpaio made the acknowledgments in an unsuccessful bid to get the hearing called off.

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