- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Lawyers are scheduled to make closing arguments Nov. 20 in a contempt-of-court case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his violations of court orders in a racial profiling case.

Testimony began in late April and concluded Friday.

The six-term sheriff has acknowledged disobeying orders from U.S. District Judge Murray Snow, including letting his officers conduct immigration patrols for 18 months after the judge ordered them stopped.

The hearings could lead to fines, increased oversight of the sheriff’s office and a possible criminal contempt hearing against Arpaio.

The hearings also examined a secret investigation by Arpaio’s office that critics say was intended to discredit the judge.

Arpaio insists he didn’t investigate Snow and instead maintains the investigation centered on a claim that the bank information of thousands of people had been breached.

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