What ancient rats nests can tell us about how the Southwest climate has changed.
A federal judge has found former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt.
July 31, 2017
To prove criminal contempt, federal prosecutors must show Apraio knowingly violated a federal judge's order to stop his immigration patrols.
July 5, 2017
The motion came after a week of witness testimony in the criminal contempt trial against the former Sheriff.
June 30, 2017
Joe Arpaio's former chief of communications and a Sheriff's Deputy took the stand Tuesday.
June 28, 2017
Joe Arpaio is in court this week. The former sheriff is charged with criminal contempt of court. On Monday, federal prosecutors called Arpaio’s former attorney Timothy Casey to the stand.
June 26, 2017
For 24 years, Joe Arpaio was Maricopa County's tough talking sheriff, famous for cracking down on illegal immigration. Some in the Latino community are happy to see the tables turned on him.
June 26, 2017
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is being tried for criminal contempt for ignoring a 2011 court order to cease his immigration enforcement patrols.
May 19, 2017
Sheriff Joe Arpaio has closed what was perhaps his most infamous investigation. Citing two separate forensic examiners, Arpaio and his chief investigator Mike Zullo allege President Obama's birth certificate is fake.
Dec. 16, 2016
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. He still faces contempt charges on a separate count.
Dec. 14, 2016
One of the county's most famous and most controversial figures prepares to say goodbye to his post.
Dec. 6, 2016
Maricopa County decisively voted against Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Yet tens of thousands of those same voters helped elect Arpaio’s ally Donald Trump president. A Trump White House could have a profound impact on the embattled sheriff's legacy.
Nov. 16, 2016
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for his controversial immigration enforcement policies, has lost re-election. The Arizona sheriff was defeated after 24 years in office.
Nov. 8, 2016
With the election around the corner, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is responding aggressively to political attacks and troubles in court.
Oct. 28, 2016
Though federal prosecutors had indicated their intent to prosecute Arpaio earlier this month, the charge was not official until U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton signed an order to show cause against the sheriff.
Oct. 26, 2016
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has raised a stunning $12 million for his re-election campaign, but will that be enough to win a seventh term?
Sept. 29, 2016
The U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona will not decide whether six-term Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio should face criminal contempt of court charges. Instead the decision will be up to lawyers with the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section in Washington, D.C.
Aug. 27, 2016
Six-term incumbent Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is the front-runner in next week’s Republican primary. But just 11 days before the Aug. 30 primary election, a federal judge referred the sheriff for criminal contempt charges for repeatedly violating orders in a racial profiling case.
Aug. 24, 2016
A federal judge ruled Friday to refer Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and three aides for criminal contempt charges for disobeying court orders in a racial profiling case.
Aug. 22, 2016
A federal judge is asking the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s office to prosecute Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and three others for criminal contempt of court.
Aug. 19, 2016
The federal judge who found Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in civil contempt of court has tasked an independent investigator with examining and possibly redoing several MCSO internal investigations into officer misconduct that the judge found to be inadequate.
Aug. 16, 2016
Criminal defense lawyers representing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and three others argued Friday their clients should not face criminal contempt of court charges for violating a federal judge’s orders.
July 22, 2016
The judge set a July 22 hearing for the four defendants found in contempt to make their case why the judge should not refer the case to a prosecutor to pursue criminal contempt charges.
July 8, 2016
A hearing scheduled Friday is expected to help a federal judge get closer to issuing an order mandating reforms to the sheriff’s procedures for investigating officer misconduct, as well as the appointment of an independent investigator to oversee certain internal investigations.
July 7, 2016
Attorney Michele Iafrate's request comes after the judge found she violated a court order and warned he is considering referring her for criminal contempt charges.
June 8, 2016
The federal judge who found Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in civil contempt of court for violating his orders in a racial profiling case said at a Tuesday hearing that he is still considering whether to refer the sheriff and others for a possible criminal contempt prosecution. A final ruling on civil remedies is not expected until later this summer.
May 31, 2016
The May 31 hearing follows a searing contempt ruling U.S. District Judge Murray Snow issued earlier this month, finding the sheriff intentionally violated court orders in a longstanding racial profiling case.
May 30, 2016
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has agreed to a list of proposed remedies after a federal judge found him and three of his aides in contempt of court. Meanwhile, lawyers for the plaintiffs in the case are asking the judge to refer the case to a prosecutor to pursue criminal charges.
May 27, 2016
Judge Murray Snow found Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio in civil contempt of court, and concluded that Arpaio and others deliberately violated court orders, opening the possibility of a referral to a prosecutor to pursue criminal contempt charges. Here are 10 of Snow’s many findings from the 162-page ruling.
May 20, 2016
The federal judge who found Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in civil contempt of court has denied the sheriff's request for an extension to respond to the findings.
May 19, 2016
Judge Murray Snow gave the parties two weeks to respond to his 162-page ruling. Now lawyers for the sheriff are requesting 90 days.
May 19, 2016
Last Friday, federal Judge Murray Snow dropped a 162-page order finding Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in contempt of court.
May 17, 2016
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is still not in compliance with major parts of a federal court order that came down after a judge found the sheriff’s office had racially profiled Latino motorists.
April 21, 2016
A federal judge mandated the use of cameras after ruling in 2013 the sheriff’s office had discriminated against Latino motorists.
Feb. 11, 2016
During closing arguments for the civil contempt of court case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the judge questioned whether the sheriff and his chief deputy had been forthcoming with the court.
Nov. 22, 2015
The contempt of court hearing will end on Nov. 20 after parties give their closing arguments.
Nov. 13, 2015
A volunteer posse leader called to testify in the contempt of court case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio surprised the courtroom by suddenly answering questions on Thursday afternoon.
Nov. 12, 2015
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s most prominent volunteer posse member was called to testify late Tuesday in the sheriff’s contempt of court hearing, but he hardly answered any questions. Instead, Cold Case Posse leader Mike Zullo invoked his Fifth Amendment right to not self-incriminate.
Nov. 10, 2015
The federal judge overseeing the contempt of court case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is expected to rule on whether one of the sheriff’s volunteer posse members must hand over certain documents related to a mysterious investigation that used a now-discredited confidential informant in Seattle.
Nov. 6, 2015
The former head of Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division testified in court Wednesday about why the office didn’t turn over nearly 1,500 IDs the judge later retrieved through the U.S. Marshals.
Oct. 28, 2015
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Detective Brian Mackiewicz only testified for 15 minutes late Tuesday afternoon in the contempt of court case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but it was long enough to reveal that he might consider invoking his Fifth Amendment rights later in his testimony.
Oct. 27, 2015
The crowds have thinned at the sheriff’s contempt of court hearings since the sheriff left the witness stand, but a handful of community members make a point to come most days.
Oct. 26, 2015
The civil contempt of court case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is expected to wrap up in November. The judge will be deciding who should be held in civil contempt, what fines or remedies to impose, and whether any areas of the sheriff's office should subject to additional court oversight.
Oct. 16, 2015
In court testimony Friday in the contempt case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a sergeant gave more details about the sheriff’s mysterious dealings with confidential informant Dennis Montgomery.
Oct. 9, 2015
For the second time in his ongoing contempt of court hearing against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, US District Court Judge Murray Snow questioned the sheriff directly from the bench. And just like when the judge questioned the sheriff for the first time in April, the sheriff again insisted the judge had not been investigated.
Oct. 8, 2015
Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s own lawyers will have a chance to question the sheriff when he takes the stand again today in the contempt of court hearings against him. Meanwhile, Maricopa County is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in a technical dispute in the case.
Oct. 8, 2015
While plaintiffs’ lawyers presented evidence suggesting the sheriff's confidential informant was investigating the judge in the case, Arpaio insisted the informant was primarily investigating alleged bank fraud in which the judge was one of 150,000 victims in Maricopa County.
Oct. 2, 2015
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio took the stand again for an hour on Thursday in the contempt of court proceedings against him. The sheriff fielded questions about the adequacy of his office’s internal affairs investigations and his dealings with a confidential informant who apparently tried to link the judge in the case in an anti-Arpaio conspiracy.
Oct. 1, 2015
Plaintiffs lawyers played the sheriff a number of defiant TV appearances from 2012, in which he vowed to continue enforcing immigration laws, including both state and federal laws.
Sept. 30, 2015
Some of attorney Tim Casey’s statements seemed to contradict some of the sheriff’s earlier testimony and could be used to undermine Arpaio’s claim that he only violated court orders unintentionally.
Sept. 29, 2015
When the contempt of court proceedings against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio resume Tuesday, the sheriff's former lawyer Tim Casey is expected to be called as a witness.
Sept. 27, 2015
Court testimony on Friday in the contempt of court case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio revealed the sheriff’s office improperly used federal drug interdiction funds to pay the confidential informant who tried to link the judge in a conspiracy with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Sept. 25, 2015
Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan testified all day Thursday and is expected to return to the stand on Friday.
Sept. 24, 2015
Five months after the first round of civil contempt of court hearings against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio concluded in April, the proceedings will resume again on Thursday.
Sept. 23, 2015
Every time the various players in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s contempt of court case show up in court, it costs Maricopa County taxpayers close to $2,000 an hour in legal fees to private law firms, according to estimates based on county records.
Sept. 15, 2015
The judge overseeing the contempt of court case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio ordered an emergency hearing on Thursday after the sheriff’s lawyers failed to turn over certain documents.
Sept. 10, 2015
Lawyers for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in court Friday they are trying to reach a settlement in the sheriff’s contempt of court case. But lawyers for plaintiffs' raised some difficulties with reaching an agreement.
Aug. 28, 2015
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is supposed to face a second round of contempt of court hearings on Sept. 22 for violating a judge’s orders in a racial profiling case. But lawyers for the sheriff and the county are asking an appeals court to put the case on hold.
Aug. 24, 2015
A federal appeals court dismissed Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s challenge to President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration on Friday. The three-judge panel found the sheriff didn’t have standing to sue.
Aug. 14, 2015
The U.S. Department of Justice, after settling most of its own civil rights lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, will be able to intervene in a separate lawsuit that found the sheriff’s office had engaged in racial profiling against Latino drivers.
Aug. 11, 2015