PHOENIX — Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio has lost a bid to bar prosecutors at his upcoming criminal trial from mentioning comments that he made about immigration during his last three campaigns.
Two people who were illegally detained by one of the then-sheriff’s immigration patrols can testify at his upcoming criminal trial.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Wednesday rejected Arpaio’s argument that such comments would have a chilling effect on protected speech.
The former lawman was scheduled for trial June 26 on a contempt-of-court charge for disobeying a judge’s order to stop his immigration patrols.
He has acknowledged prolonging the patrols but insisted his disobedience wasn’t intentional.
For nine years, Arpaio enjoyed solid popularity by jailing immigrants who were in the United States illegally.
His immigration efforts were a fixture of his stump speeches and media interviews during his last three campaigns.
He acknowledged prolonging the patrols but insists his disobedience wasn’t intentional.
He lost in the general election in November, unseated by former Phoenix policeman Paul Penzone.
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