- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - An agreement in principal has been reached on legal fees for lawyers who pressed contempt-of-court allegations against Sheriff Joe Arpaio for defying a judge’s orders in a racial profiling case.

The deal was revealed in a court filing Wednesday, but the amount of the taxpayer-funded settlement wasn’t specified.

Arpaio’s foes were seeking $5.9 million.

Two years ago, the lawyers were awarded nearly $4.5 million for bringing the profiling case to trial.

They say most of the new costs stem from Arpaio’s violation of court orders.

The settlement will be subject to a vote by county officials.

The judge has asked prosecutors to bring a criminal contempt case against Arpaio for ignoring an order to stop his immigration patrols.

Taxpayers have already spent $10.4 million on attorney fees in the case.

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