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Defiance that made Arizona sheriff popular led to downfall

FILE--In this Sept. 16, 2007, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio shows off vehicles advertising a hotline to report undocumented immigrant...
FILE--In this June 26, 2017, file photo, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, left, leaves U.S. District Court on the first day of his contempt-...
FILE- In this Feb. 4, 2009 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, left, orders approximately 200 convicted illegal immigrants handcuffed toge...
FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio pauses as he answers a question at a news conference at Maricopa County Sh...
FILE--In this Jan. 26, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, is joined by Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio...
FILE--In this May 9, 1995, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio talks with media during a news conference announcing the opening of Tent ...
FILE--In this April 17, 2008, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio next to some of his memorabilia in his office in Phoenix. Arpaio has been...
FILE - In this July 21, 2016, file photo, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona walks on the stage to speak during the final day of the Republican National Co...

FILE--In this Sept. 16, 2007, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio shows off vehicles advertising a hotline to report undocumented immigrant...

FILE--In this June 26, 2017, file photo, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, left, leaves U.S. District Court on the first day of his contempt-...

FILE- In this Feb. 4, 2009 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, left, orders approximately 200 convicted illegal immigrants handcuffed toge...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio pauses as he answers a question at a news conference at Maricopa County Sh...

FILE--In this Jan. 26, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, is joined by Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio...

FILE--In this May 9, 1995, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio talks with media during a news conference announcing the opening of Tent ...

FILE--In this April 17, 2008, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio next to some of his memorabilia in his office in Phoenix. Arpaio has been...

FILE - In this July 21, 2016, file photo, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona walks on the stage to speak during the final day of the Republican National Co...

PHOENIX (AP) — Longtime critics of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio say his conviction of a criminal charge for disobeying a court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants is a long-awaited comeuppance.

Latino civil rights advocate Lydia Guzman says the lawman who spent 24 years as the sheriff of metro Phoenix was partly responsible for Arizona's reputation as a place that's intolerant of immigrants.

Guzman says she now hopes "Arizona can go back to being a normal state."

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton found Arpaio guilty Monday of misdemeanor contempt of court for prolonging the patrols.

The 85-year-old Arpaio is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 5. He faces up to six months in jail, though attorneys who have followed the case doubt he will be incarcerated.


Updated : 2021-05-07 06:14 GMT+08:00