Ar­paio won’t face con­tempt charge over hard drives

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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.

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