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