Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio heads to 2nd day of criminal trial

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Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, front right, leaves U.S. District Court on the first day of his contempt-of-court trial Monday, June 26, 2017, in Phoenix. (Source: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, front right, leaves U.S. District Court on the first day of his contempt-of-court trial Monday, June 26, 2017, in Phoenix. (Source: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
It's unclear if Arpaio will take the stand in his own defense. (Source: Maggie Keane) It's unclear if Arpaio will take the stand in his own defense. (Source: Maggie Keane)
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces criminal contempt charges in federal court. (Source: Tyler Fingert/Cronkite News) Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces criminal contempt charges in federal court. (Source: Tyler Fingert/Cronkite News)
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio declined to say whether he would take the witness stand during his criminal contempt trial. (Source: Tyler Fingert/Cronkite News) Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio declined to say whether he would take the witness stand during his criminal contempt trial. (Source: Tyler Fingert/Cronkite News)
PHOENIX (AP) -

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.

[READ MORE: Prosecutors use Joe Arpaio's immigration talk against him]

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.

[READ MORE: Judge recommends criminal prosecution of Arpaio in racial profiling case (Aug. 19, 2016)]

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.

[RELATED: 'America's toughest sheriff' says 'I did it my way']

[RELATED: Defiant Arizona sheriff has been found in contempt of court (May 13, 2016)]

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