A hearing to decide whether to hold Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in contempt of court for violating court orders in a racial-profiling case took a surprising turn when the lawman acknowledged that his office was behind a secret investigation into the judge's wife.
Judge Murray Snow leveled a series of questions at Arpaio after his testimony wrapped up, focusing primarily on whether he or his family was being investigated by the sheriff.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio has completed his first day of testimony in a hearing to decide whether he should be held in contempt of court for violating orders to stop his immigration patrols.
Arpaio testified for about an hour before the hearing finished for the day. He is expected to be back on the stand Thursday.
The normally defiant and tough-talking sheriff was more mild-mannered and meek than usual as he fielded questions about his immigration efforts. He frequently said "I don't recall" in response to questions.
Many key Republican and tea party speakers gathered together at the Western Conservative conference in Phoenix last weekend. One of the events was a roast of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, some think roaster and Arizona state representative John Kavanagh went a bit too far.
Lawyers for Sheriff Joe Arpaio are making their case in Federal court today that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office does not discriminate against Latinos.
After more than four days of testimony, attorneys for the plaintiffs accusing Sheriff Arpaio of racial profiling rested their case Tuesday. Cecilia Wang of the ACLU said even though Sheriff officers testified they did not engage in the practice, their other statements revealed problems at the department.