PHOENIX, July 31 (Reuters) – Former Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, who gained national prominence for his tough stance against illegal immigration, was found guilty on Monday of criminal contempt for violating the terms of a 2011 court order in a racial profiling case.
Arpaio, 85, who lost his bid for re-election as Maricopa County sheriff last November after 24 years in office, faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a fine when he is sentenced on the misdemeanor offense on Oct. 5.
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U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton ruled on Monday that Arpaio “willfully violated” the order. (Reporting by David Schwartz; Editing by Bernadette Baum)
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