Criminal Contempt Verdict Is In For Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio leaves the federal courthouse on Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Phoenix. The former Maricopa County sheriff's criminal trial concluded Thursday. Arpaio is charged with misdemeanor contempt of court for violating a 2011 order to stop the patrols that a judge later determined racially profiled Latinos. (AP Photo/Angie Wang)

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court on Monday. The charges were in regards to Arpaio’s defying a judge’s order to cease immigrant profiling patrols in 2011.

Arpaio admitted he violated the judge’s order but argued it was not intentional. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton disagreed and determined the former sheriff had continued the targeted patrols in hopes it would help with his 2012 re-election bid.

Arpaio could face up to six months in jail. Sentencing will not take place until this fall, on Oct. 5.