Joe Arpaio

Lawyers make last pitches in trial of ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Prosecutors and defense attorneys on Thursday made their final pitches to a judge who will decide the fate of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a defiant longtime lawman whose crackdowns on illegal immigration made him a national name but ultimately led to criminal charges.

The former six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix intentionally ignored a court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants to keep his name in the news during a tough re-election year, prosecutor John Keller said in closing arguments at Arpaio's criminal trial.

Arpaio's lawyer denied it, saying the sheriff did not intend to violate the 2011 order that failed to take into account when his...

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