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Judge to mull contempt request against Arpaio’s successor

Posted at 2:07 PM, Jun 02, 2021

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday over whether the sheriff of metro Phoenix, like his predecessor Joe Arpaio, should face a contempt of court of hearing in a longstanding racial profiling case.

The lawyers who won the racial profiling case eight years ago are now arguing Sheriff Paul Penzone should face a civil contempt hearing for not complying with a court-ordered overhaul of his agency’s much-criticized internal affairs operation.

The agency has a backlog of 1,800 internal affairs cases, each taking an average of 500 days to complete. Penzone is seeking changes that he contends would reduce the backlog by about 40%.