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Sheriff Joe Arpaio charged with crime awaits political fate

Posted: 11:33 AM, Nov 08, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-08 18:37:22Z
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is awaiting his political fate, hoping a criminal charge weeks before Election Day doesn't upend his chances for a seventh term.
   
The sheriff of metro Phoenix is facing his toughest bid for re-election in 20 years Tuesday against retired Phoenix police Sgt. Paul Penzone.
   
Arpaio has experienced his worst legal defeats over the last four years, including a criminal contempt-of-court charge for defying a court order that barred his immigration patrols.
   
He represents the last vestige of a decade-old political movement in Arizona that called for local police to crack down on illegal immigration.
   
His popularity has waned over the past few elections, but a devoted base of supporters and impressive campaign fundraising have helped him pull out wins.
 

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