Ex-sher­iff Ar­paio asks Ses­sions to be wit­ness at con­tempt trial

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PHOENIX | Sher­iff Joe Ar­paio’s le­gal team has asked that U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions be added to the wit­ness list at his up­com­ing crim­i­nal con­tempt-of-court trial.

Mr. Ses­sions’ agency, the Jus­tice Depart­ment, is pros­e­cut­ing the law­man for de­fy­ing a judge’s or­der to stop his im­mi­gra­tion pa­trols.

Jack Wi­lenchik, one of Mr. Ar­paio’s at­tor­neys, said Ses­sions’ tes­ti­mony would un­der­score a con­tra­dic­tion be­tween cur­rent fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy and the 2011 court or­der that his client is charged with vi­o­lat­ing. Mr. Ar­paio faces the mis­de­meanor con­tempt charge for let­ting his im­mi­gra­tion pa­trols con­tinue af­ter a judge in a racial pro­fil­ing case had or­dered them stopped.

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