- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The latest on the contempt case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is accused of ignoring a judge’s order involving immigration patrols (all times local):

5 p.m.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is scheduled to resume his testimony Friday in contempt-of-court hearings over his disobedience of a judge’s orders.

Arpaio answered questions in court for 90 minutes Thursday. But his testimony was put on hold so that lawyers could question one of his employees, Lt. Kim Seagraves.

Seagraves says Arpaio personally spent $10,000 to help pay for an investigation of a government conspiracy that critics say was designed to get the judge in the sheriff’s racial-profiling case disqualified.

Outside of court, Arpaio attorney John Masterson says Arpaio didn’t spend $10,000 on the investigation.

Still, Masterson says he doesn’t know whether his client gave any amount of money to help pay for the investigation.


3:30 p.m.

An employee of Sheriff Joe Arpaio is describing how the lawman spent $10,000 of his own money to assist in an investigation that critics say was intended to get the judge disqualified from his racial-profiling case.

Arpaio’s office spent $250,000 on the investigation, including $120,000 paid to a confidential informant. Lt. Kim Seagraves testified Thursday that as funds for the investigation ran out, Arpaio paid $10,000 from his own pocket to cover the travel expenses of a volunteer posse member who helped in the investigation.

The investigation came as Arpaio was upset over a series of decisions by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow that went against him in a racial-profiling case. Critics say the purpose of the investigation was to get Snow taken off the case. Seagraves repeatedly said that the investigation didn’t focus on Snow.


11 a.m.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio was subjected to more questioning in court about his office’s immigration enforcement efforts that elevated him to the national political stage.

Arpaio is in court to decide whether he should be held in contempt for flouting a judge’s orders stemming from his signature immigration patrols.

Lawyers played clips from the 83-year-old sheriff’s national media interviews in which he described his immigration policies and defiance of the federal government. In one interview with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, Arpaio used the word “garbage” to describe what he thought of a federal monitor appointed to keep an eye on his office.

Arpaio also repeatedly shifted blame toward his subordinates for his office’s defiance of a court order in a racial profiling case. His demeanor during testimony was subdued, a contrast from the video clips played in court in which he loudly expressed his defiance to court supervision of his office.

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