Joe Arpaio, the six-term sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix, has been found in contempt of court for disobeying a federal judge’s orders in a racial profiling case.


US district judge Murray Snow set a 31 May hearing for attorneys to discuss penalties. Shortly thereafter, Snow said, he will issue an order on remedies and whether he will refer the case for criminal contempt.


Snow is expected to require Maricopa County to compensate Latinos who were illegally detained during the 18 months that Arpaio’s office violated the prohibition on its immigration patrols. The county has already paid out $41m over the past eight years in the case, and taxpayers will have to pick up $13m over the next year.

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