- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Maricopa County sheriff’s detective who led an investigation involving the judge presiding over Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s racial profiling case is under criminal investigation on allegations that haven’t been made public.

A transcript of an Aug. 7 closed-door hearing in the profiling case was unsealed Thursday and shows that Detective Brian Mackiewicz is under administrative and criminal investigation and has been put on administrative leave.

The allegations weren’t revealed during the hearing.

Arpaio declined to comment Friday afternoon on the investigation of the detective, and his attorneys didn’t immediately respond to a request for details. Mackiewicz didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Mackiewicz led one of two investigations involving U.S. District Judge Murray Snow that were done on Arpaio’s behalf.

The judge has said the investigation was intended to show a conspiracy between Snow and federal authorities who pressed a separate civil rights lawsuit against Arpaio.

The sheriff, who has been accused of retaliating against his critics in the past, insists there were no investigations of Snow.

Arpaio has said the investigation centered on a claim from a paid informant that there were wiretaps on the emails and phones of local judges and lawyers defending the sheriff against the Justice Department’s lawsuit.

Arpaio has said the information given by the informant, who was paid $120,000 for his work, turned out to be unreliable.

Documents from that investigation show that Mackiewicz had said the informant refused to provide information to back up his claims.

Snow has delivered some of the sheriff’s most crushing legal defeats, including a 2013 ruling that concluded sheriff’s deputies racially profiled Latinos. The judge has launched a contempt-of-court case against Arpaio for the sheriff’s acknowledged violations of court orders in the profiling case.

The judge also has been critical of the agency’s record of investigating allegations of wrongdoing by deputies.

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