Arpaio's attorney seeks postponement of contempt trial

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Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Source: The Associated Press) Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Source: The Associated Press)
PHOENIX (AP) -

A lawyer recently added to former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's legal team is seeking a 60-day postponement of the lawman's April 25 trial on a criminal contempt-of-court charge for defying a court order in a racial profiling case.

Attorney Mark Goldman says he has another trial the week before Arpaio's trial and that he faces a scheduling conflict because his son's bar mitzvah is scheduled for April 29.

[RELATED: Judge denies Joe Arpaio's request for a jury trial]

Prosecutors have asked U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton to reject the request.

Arpaio's legal team is led by attorney Mel McDonald.

Goldman filed papers Friday saying he had joined Arpaio's legal team.

Arpaio is charged with contempt for ignoring an order by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow to stop his immigration patrols.

[READ: Arpaio officially charged with criminal contempt]

He acknowledged prolonging his patrols, but says his defiance wasn't intentional.

[RELATED: DOJ files document showing cause of contempt charge against Arpaio] © 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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