Criminal contempt case against Arpaio sent to another judge
PHOENIX (AP) -- A federal judge wants another judge to decide whether metro Phoenix's sheriff and his top aide should be held in criminal contempt-of-court for ignoring court orders in a racial profiling case. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow says in a ruling Friday that there was probable cause to believe Sheriff Joe Arpaio intentionally failed to turn over records that he had promised to give to the court. The judge also found there was probable cause to believe aide Jerry Sheridan violated orders in concealing nearly 1,500 IDs in an investigation into whether officers pocketed items from people during traffic stops. The order moves the six-term sheriff's contempt case from civil court to criminal court. The case will be prosecuted either by the U.S. Attorney's Office or an attorney appointed by the court.