- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - In a story Dec. 5 about a criminal case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, The Associated Press reported erroneously that his trial was moved to April 25. Prosecutors requested that it be postponed until that date, but the judge has not yet ruled on the request.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Prosecutors seek to move Arpaio’s contempt trial to April 25

The NCAA men’s Final Four basketball tournament has prompted prosecutors to ask a judge to push back Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s trial on a criminal contempt-of-court charge. The trial is currently scheduled for April 4, but prosecutors want to move it to April 25. Prosecutors cited the scarcity of hotel accommodations during tournament games that will be played in Phoenix. The judge hasn’t yet ruled on the request.

PHOENIX (AP) - The NCAA men’s Final Four basketball tournament has prompted prosecutors to ask a judge to push back Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s trial on a criminal contempt-of-court charge.

The trial is currently scheduled for April 4, but prosecutors want to move it to April 25.

The judge hasn’t yet ruled on the request.

Court documents Monday show U.S. Department of Justice lawyers filed a motion for a three-week continuance “based on the scarcity of hotel accommodations for witnesses, attorneys and staff and additional logistical challenges associated with the tournament.”

The contempt-of-court charge stems from Arpaio’s decision to prolong his signature immigration patrols for 17 months after the judge in the racial profiling case had ordered them stopped.

Arpaio faces up to six months in jail if convicted.

The six-term sheriff was defeated last month by retired Phoenix police Sgt. Paul Penzone.


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