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Closing arguments at former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's trial completed

Posted at 4:10 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 20:14:52-04
Lawyers have concluded closing arguments at the contempt of court trial of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio involving a court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.
 
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton didn't make a decision Thursday over whether Arpaio was guilty of the misdemeanor count for prolonging his patrols for 17 months after a judge ordered him to halt the tactic.
 
Bolton ordered attorneys to submit legal briefs and will deliver a verdict at an unknown point in the future.
 
Prosecutors say Arpaio continued his patrols to keep his name in the news and raise campaign money during a tough re-election year.
 
Arpaio's attorney blamed sheriff's employees and a lawyer who once defended the sheriff in a racial-profiling case for not following the order to stop the patrols.