- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has rejected Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s request for more time to file a response to a bruising contempt-of-court ruling last week against the lawman.

U.S. District Murray Snow says Thursday he wouldn’t let Arpaio’s lawyers challenge the ruling that concluded the sheriff had violated court orders in a racial profiling case.

The sheriff’s lawyers wanted to file the document within 90 days, but Snow kept his original May 27 deadline for making the filing.

Arpaio was found to be in contempt for letting officers conduct immigration patrols after they were barred.

The decision is expected to lead to greater court oversight of the sheriff’s office and brings Arpaio closer to a possible criminal contempt case.

A May 31 hearing has been scheduled to discuss remedies to Arpaio’s contempt violations.

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