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Contempt trial begins for ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio

Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for his hard-line stand against illegal immigrants, willfully violated a judge's order stemming from a racial profiling case, a federal prosecutor said on Monday as trial opened in Arpaio's contempt of court trial.... Read more»0

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School districts, education groups sue Arizona over funding shortfalls

Lawmakers have violated the Arizona Constitution by failing to adequately fund school facilities and repairs, according to a lawsuit filed against the state on Monday by school districts and education groups. ... Read more»0

New sheriff to close Arpaio's 'Tent City' jail

A controversial outdoor tent jail in Arizona that became one of the signature tough-on-crime projects of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be shut down, his replacement for the job said Tuesday. “Tent City”, long branded inhumane by civil rights groups, was no longer needed, new Sheriff Paul Penzone said. ... Read more»0

Phoenix council rejects bid to become 'sanctuary city'

The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday rejected a bid to declare the large southwestern U.S. municipality a "sanctuary city" despite vocal cries to protect undocumented immigrants.... Read more»0

Judge orders criminal contempt trial for Sheriff Arpaio

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Maricopa lawman Joe Arpaio to stand trial in December on a criminal contempt charge of violating the terms of a court ruling against the controversial sheriff in a 2007 racial profiling case.... Read more»0

Az woman accused of helping inmate husband plot prison bombing

An Arizona woman accused of smuggling publications distributed by Islamist militant groups into a prison as part of a plot to help her inmate husband build a bomb, has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism and conspiracy, court documents showed on Thursday. ... Read more»0

Prosecutors to press criminal contempt charge against Arpaio

U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday they will seek a criminal contempt charge against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for his tough stance on illegal immigration, for violating a court order in a 2007 racial profiling case. Arpaio could face six months behind bars.... Read more»0

Tucson teen 'jihadist' agrees to plead guilty to terrorism charges

An Arizona teenager who the FBI said professed himself to be an "American jihadist" will plead guilty to terrorism charges stemming from a suspected plot to bomb a state motor vehicle office. Mahin Khan, 18, suffers from autism and developmental delays that have left him with the mental age of a 12-year-old, his parents said.... Read more»0

Man accused in Phx I-10 shootings sues Arizona, Maricopa County

A man formerly charged with a string of Phoenix-area freeway shootings has sued the state and county, claiming he was falsely arrested and imprisoned for crimes he did not commit. Leslie Merritt Jr. says he was a victim of "malicious prosecution" as authorities aggressively tried to pin him to four of the 11 shootings that terrorized drivers last year. ... Read more»0

Arpaio defeats three in Republican primary

The Maricopa sheriff famous for his tough stance on illegal immigration and keeping jail inmates in tents easily won his Republican primary on Tuesday. ... Read more»0

Justice Dep't to decide charges against Arpaio in racial profiling case

The U.S. Justice Department will decide whether criminal contempt charges will be brought against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for violating court orders in a racial profiling case, court documents released late on Friday showed. ... Read more»0

Long-time Maricopa sheriff Joe Arpaio faces tough re-election bid

Maricopa lawman Joe Arpaio has long battled controversy over his tough stance on illegal immigration but may now face his toughest test as he seeks a seventh term as sheriff of the state’s most populous county. ... Read more»0

Family files suit over gun instructor's killing at Arizona range

The family of an Arizona gun instructor fatally shot by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi submachine gun in 2014 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the range and its owner, an attorney confirmed on Monday. ... Read more»0

Federal judge seeks criminal contempt charges against Arpaio

A federal judge recommended on Friday that prosecutors bring criminal contempt charges against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, finding that the controversial lawman had violated court orders stemming from a racial profiling case. ... Read more»0

Accused teen 'jihadist' ordered held without bond in Arizona

An Arizona teenager who the FBI said has professed to be an "American jihadist" was ordered to remain held without bond on Wednesday on charges of plotting to stage an attack with bombs and other weapons on a Phoenix-area state motor vehicle office.... Read more»1

Tucson teen pleads not guilty to plotting terror attack

An Arizona teenager accused of being an Islamic State sympathizer pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of plotting to attack a Phoenix-area state motor vehicle office with bombs and other weapons and was ordered kept in jail without bond. ... Read more»0

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