1st day of testimony over in Joe Arpaio's trial

Posted at 4:37 AM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 20:21:16-04

Testimony has concluded for the day in former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's criminal contempt-of-court trial in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.

The scheduled eight-day trial opened Monday over Arpaio's defiance of the courts in traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.

It marks the most aggressive effort to hold the former lawman of metro Phoenix accountable for tactics that critics say racially profiled Latinos.

A lawyer who once represented Arpaio in a racial profiling case was the first witness Monday.

Attorney Tim Casey testified that he had several meetings with Arpaio to discuss a court order that barred traffic patrols targeting immigrants.

Casey is scheduled to continue his testimony Tuesday.

Arpaio faces up to six months in jail if he's convicted.


The 85-year-old Arpaio was ousted from office by a significant margin last year.