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Image Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County Sheriff, at his new office in Water fountain Hills, Ariz., in May.Credit Courtney Pedroza for The New York Times Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was founded guilty on Monday of defying a court order to stop assembling immigrants, and he might face prison time– another rebuke for a once-popular political leader who was voted from office last year.In 24 years as constable of Maricopa County, Ariz., Mr. Arpaio constructed a nationwide reputation for extreme conditions in his county prison , and for his project versus undocumented immigrants; his deputies detained people entirely based on a belief that they were in the country illegally, then turn them over to migration authorities for deportation.In December 2011, a federal district judge hearing a racial profiling suit ruled that the immigration detentions were prohibited and purchased the sheriff to halt them– an order that was supported by an appeals court and reinforced by another district court order in 2013. However Mr. Arpaio pledged, openly and consistently, that the roundups would continue, and they did.After federal district attorneys charged him with criminal contempt of court, he kept that he had not willfully broke the court order

, however that his underlings had actually done so. United States District Judge Susan R. Bolton dismissed that claim in a judgment on Monday in Phoenix. “Not just did Offender abandon duty, he revealed to the world and to his subordinates that he was going to continue service as usual no matter who stated otherwise,”she composed in delivering the guilty verdict.Mr. Arpaio, 85, might be imprisoned for approximately six months on the conviction. Judge Bolton scheduled sentencing for Oct. 5. Continue checking out the primary story Mr. Arpaio, who when called himself”America’s toughest constable,”notoriously made jail inmates use pink underwear, and served food that some detainees called inedible. He regularly held undocumented immigrants past their court-ordered release dates to guarantee that they would be chosen up by immigration agents, and vowed

to examine President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.He was also implicated a number of times of abusing his authority to investigate political opponents, and his legal troubles triggered mounting costs for the county, Arizona’s largest.For breaking news and thorough reporting, follow @NYTNational on Twitter.Continue reading the main story