PHOENIX (AP) -Sheriff Joe Arpaio is scheduled to testify Wednesday about his acknowledged disobedience of court orders in a racial profiling lawsuit as well as an alleged investigation involving the case’s judge.
Arpaio faces the contempt-of-court hearings over his decision to let his officers conduct immigration patrols 18 months after they were told to stop them.
Other subjects to be examined include an allegation that Arpaio launched an investigation of the profiling case’s judge in a failed bid to get him disqualified.
Arpaio could face fines, and later he’ll be called into criminal court on similar grounds.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow has said the investigation was intended to show an alleged conspiracy between him and federal authorities pressing another lawsuit against Arpaio.
Arpaio denies he was investigating Snow.