Arpaio enters not guilty plea in criminal contempt-of-court case
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -
Sheriff Joe Arpaio entered a not guilty plea in his criminal contempt-of-court case on Friday.
Arpaio was charged for ignoring a judge's order in a racial-profiling case. The misdemeanor count was filed earlier this week.
Arpaio could face up to six months in jail if convicted. A misdemeanor conviction would not bar Arpaio from serving as sheriff.
The criminal charges stem from the profiling case that Arpaio lost three years ago that morphed into a contempt case after the sheriff was accused of defying a 2011 court order to stop his immigration patrols.
County taxpayers have spent $48 million so far to defend Arpaio and his office in the profiling case. The cost is expected to reach $72 million by next summer.