(KNXV-TV) A federal judge has referred Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, among others, for criminal contempt charges in connection with a racial profiling case.
Earlier this year Judge Murray Snow held Arpaio in civil contempt for disobeying court orders regarding a lawsuit over racially profiling Latinos during traffic stops.
Friday, Snow referred Arpaio, along with Chief Deputy Gerard Sheridan, Capt. Steven Bailey and Attorney Michelle Iafrate, to another judge for a determination of whether their actions constituted criminal contempt.
In his civil contempt ruling, Snow said Arpaio “engaged in multiple acts of misconduct, dishonesty, and bad faith” regarding those who sued him for illegal traffic stops.
If found in criminal contempt, Arpaio, Sheridan, Bailey and Iafrate could face fines and jail time. The full ruling is included at the bottom of this story.