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PHOENIX (AP) — A prosecutor accepted blame Friday for an error by his office that's expected to lead to the dismissal of corruption charges against at least one former sheriff's employee accused of helping a cartel-connected heroin smuggling ring.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks with the media in Phoenix Jan. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin,File)
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Congress and the courts
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for arresting hundreds of immigrants in the country illegally on charges of finding work using fake or stolen identities is planning to close the controversial squad that investigates such cases.
PHOENIX - A Goodyear man is celebrating turning 104 by becoming a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Oklahoma man was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison for his conviction on charges of mailing an inoperable homemade bomb to an Arizona sheriff in a plot to frame a former business partner.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Oklahoma man is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday for his conviction on charges of mailing an inoperable homemade bomb to an Arizona sheriff.
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge presiding over a civil rights lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office has been asked to reopen the case's fact-gathering phase to explore misconduct allegations against some of the sheriff's officers.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is joining a lawsuit that challenges the Obama administration's recently announced executive actions on immigration, Gov. Jan Brewer announced Thursday.
A judge presiding over a racial profiling case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office will hold a hearing Thursday to discuss pursuing criminal contempt-of-court proceedings against the sheriff over what the judge says is the police agency's disregard for his orders.
PHOENIX (AP) — A court is scheduled Wednesday to hear arguments in Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's appeal of a ruling that concluded his officers have systematically racially profiled Latinos in vehicle stops.
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PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has often clashed with the federal government over the enforcement of immigration laws, has filed a lawsuit to stop new policies announced by President Barack Obama.
The suit filed Thursday in federal court in Washington on Arpaio's behalf contends Obama acted outside his constitutional authority by not going through Congress.
It asks the court to block the changes that include making an estimated 5 million immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally eligible for work permits and for protection from deportation.
Arpaio said he went to court on behalf of himself and all Americans.
"I am not seeking to myself enforce the immigration laws -- as this is the province of the federal government," he said in a statement. "Rather, I am seeking to have the president and the other defendants obey the U.S. Constitution."
The lawsuit said Obama was "hijacking" previous immigration regulation and law by changing the definition of key terms to "create a radically new and different regime of immigration law and regulation."
Arpaio's lawsuit was filed by Larry Klayman, a conservative activist and attorney who has filed hundreds of lawsuits against the federal government. He founded the government-watchdog group Judicial Watch in 1994 and left the group in 2003.
Obama's administration previously stripped 100 of Arpaio's deputies of their powers to make federal immigration arrests and filed a pending lawsuit against the Sheriff's Office alleging racial profiling and other civil-rights violations.
Arpaio, a frequent critic of the administration's deportation policies, has said the lawsuit against his office was a politically motivated attack by the administration aimed at courting Latino voters.
Arpaio's volunteer cold-case posse also has investigated the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate.
Obama laid out his executive actions during a prime-time television address Thursday.
His changes would mainly cover parents of U.S. citizens and of legal residents as long as the parents have been in the U.S. for five years or more.
Obama also changed enforcement priorities by emphasizing the deportation of new illegal arrivals and criminals.
Congressional Republicans have accused Obama of exceeding his authority by not going through Congress. Obama said in his televised speech that his hand was forced by congressional inaction to fix the broken immigration system.
Not even waiting until President Obama gave his speech Thursday night, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed suit in federal court seeking to block the announced plans to allow millions of people not in this country to remain and work here legally.
PHOENIX (AP) — A lawyer representing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a racial profiling case says legal ethics compel his firm to step aside.
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge will hold a hearing on two lawyers' request to stop representing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office in a racial profiling case.
The son and daughter-in-law of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake both pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges alleging that they allowed 21 dogs to die at a Gilbert kennel in June.
PHOENIX (AP) — An inmate who was critically injured in a fight at a Phoenix jail has died from his injuries, authorities said Tuesday.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office said Antonio Aguilar had been on a respirator after he was punched in the face during Sunday night's brawl at the Towers Jail in west Phoenix.
Sheriff's officials said Aguilar, 51, had been declared brain dead and his family decided to take him off a respirator.
At least one suspect in the fight has been identified, according to sheriff's officials who didn't immediately release any names.
The brawl is being attributed to a dispute over a "commissary issue" involving money owed between groups of black and Hispanic inmates, sheriff's officials said.
Inmates can buy toiletries, snacks and other items from jail commissaries.
Sheriff's officials said there were 45 inmates in the pod at the time of the fight and about 30 of them were involved in the fight.
No charges have been filed and officials said they were still investigating.
PHOENIX (AP) — An inmate critically injured during a fight at a Maricopa County jail isn't expected to survive his injuries.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office says the 52-year-old inmate fell to the ground and lost consciousness after he was punched in the face during Sunday night's brawl at the Towers Jail in west Phoenix.
The inmate is now on a ventilator.
His identity hasn't been released.
Officials say he was in jail on a felony probation violation.
The brawl is being attributed to a dispute over a "commissary issue," though the sheriff's office declined to further explain the dispute.
Inmates can buy toiletries, snacks and other items from jail commissaries.
Arpaio's office declined to say how many inmates participated in the fight and provide additional information about the critically injured inmate.
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio underwent training Saturday that a judge ordered as part of a racial profiling case against the sheriff's office.
Last month, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ordered Arpaio to attend training sessions that his officers must complete to correct constitutional flaws in the agency's approach to traffic stops.
Snow made the ruling after he questioned whether Arpaio's comments about a 2008 immigration patrol in Guadalupe were weakening efforts to correct constitutional flaws in the agency's approach.
Asked to comment about a community meeting in Guadalupe, Arpaio told The Associated Press he had no regrets about the patrol and would do it all over again.
More than a year ago, Snow ruled Arpaio's office had racially profiled Latinos in its patrols.
Arpaio has appealed the decision.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has sued the owners of a downtown Phoenix office building over a broken shoulder he suffered when he fell crossing a street.
Arpaio is seeking unspecified damages for his February 2013 injury and has alleged that the building's owners should have known about the dangerous conditions that led to the accident. The lawsuit against Hines GS Properties Inc. and the other owners was filed Oct. 29.
Hines GS Properties didn't immediately return a call Thursday afternoon seeking comment.
Mark Goldman, a lawyer representing Arpaio, said the lawsuit was filed after the sheriff made attempts to resolve the matter amicably.
"Joe Arpaio sincerely hopes that this lawsuit will cause the building owners to remedy these problems so that others are not injured," Goldman said.
The sheriff has said he tripped on a sidewalk near his headquarters as he headed to a restaurant to get a bowl of soup.
He fell on his shoulder, breaking it in two places. He spent about two days in a hospital and then two weeks recuperating at his home in Fountain Hills.
Arpaio posted images and video online showing him in the hospital in the days after his fall, including one with tubes in his nose. He sold a sling he wore during his recovery in an online charity auction.
A police dog trainer from Northern California paid $2,600 for the sling. The proceeds went toward buying equipment and food for a shelter run by the sheriff's office for abused animals picked up in cruelty investigations.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the Republican election party at Hyatt Regency in Phoenix. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.