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Arpaio Needs "Skin in the Game," Says Judge, Before Any Civil Contempt Settlement

During a hearing in federal court in Phoenix on Friday, Judge G. Murray Snow said more than once that Sheriff Joe Arpaio would have to have "skin in the game" as part of any settlement agreement in contempt allegations against Arpaio and four current and former high-ranking MCSO deputies.

Snow was addressing a surprise admission of guilt this week by Arpaio and his Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan that they committed civil contempt of the judge's orders in the ACLU's big racial profiling case Melendres v. Arpaio.

Sheridan and Arpaio are looking to head off a four-day civil trial scheduled for late April, which could result in the referral of the matter to the U.S. Attorney's Office for possible criminal contempt proceedings.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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