PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the criminal trial against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio (all times local):
A longtime publicist for Joe Arpaio testified at her former boss’ criminal trial that he wouldn’t have violated a judge’s order to stop his signature immigration patrols.
Lisa Allen says the lessons the former sheriff learned in his earlier career as a federal drug agent gave him respect for the orders of federal judges.
Allen served as chief spokeswoman for the media savvy lawman for nearly 23 years.
Arpaio is charged with misdemeanor contempt-of-court for prolonging the patrols 17 months after a judge in a racial profiling lawsuit had ordered them stopped.
Arpaio has acknowledged continuing the patrols, but said his disobedience wasn’t intentional.
Prosecutors must prove that Arpaio purposefully violated the order to win a conviction.
A former lawyer for Joe Arpaio says his client’s growing resistance to court orders in a racial profiling lawsuit led him to quit as the lawman’s attorney.
Tim Casey revealed his reasons for quitting as Arpaio’s civil lawyer Tuesday at the former sheriff’s criminal trial for disobeying a 2011 court order in the profiling case to stop his immigration patrols.
Casey cited attorney-client privilege when he declined to provide specifics on the resistance.
Arpaio faces a misdemeanor contempt-of-court charge for prolonging his traffic patrols targeting immigrants after a judge had ordered them stopped.
Defense attorneys have put the blame on Casey.
Arpaio has acknowledged defying the order, but insists his disobedience wasn’t intentional.
The second day of a criminal trial against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is focusing on the actions of the lawman’s one-time attorney.
Arpaio is charged with contempt of court for disobeying a judge’s orders to stop doing immigration enforcement. Arpaio has said he continued because of bad legal advice by then-attorney Tim Casey.
Casey was the first witness for the prosecution as the trial started Monday and was back on the stand again Tuesday.
Arpaio faces up to six months in jail if convicted.
Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is heading into his second day of a trial focusing on his defiance of the courts in traffic patrols that targeted Phoenix-area immigrants.
Tuesday’s court proceedings come after prosecutors a day earlier presented comments the former sheriff of Maricopa County made to the media bragging about his tough immigration enforcement.
Critics say the tactics racially profiled Latinos. Arpaio faces a misdemeanor contempt of court charge for allegedly defying a judge’s order to halt the traffic stops.
Arpaio’s lawyer said the former sheriff has nearly 60 years of law enforcement experience and would not violate a court order. He blamed a former attorney who he says gave bad advice.
Arpaio faces up to six months in jail if convicted. He was voted out of office last November.