Arpaio won’t face contempt charge over hard drives
PHOENIX | Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been spared prosecution on a contempt-of-court charge for refusing to hand over 50 hard drives from a secret investigation, eliminating one legal problem for the lawman as he prepares to go on trial in the spring on a separate contempt count.
The ruling Tuesday by U.S. District
Judge Susan Bolton backed up claims made two months ago by prosecutors that the statute of limitations bars them from pushing a criminal contempt case against Sheriff Arpaio and top sheriff’s aide Jerry Sheridan for withholding the hard drives.
Sheriff Arpaio still faces an April 4 trial on a misdemeanor contempt charge for prolonging his signature immigration patrols for 17 months after a judge in a racial profiling case had ordered them stopped.
Prosecutors are conducting obstruction-of-justice investigations against Sheriff Arpaio for withholding the hard drives.