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Milwaukee jail death shines spotlight on divisive sheriff

A lengthy inquest into the dehydration death of a Milwaukee inmate has raised troubling questions about how Sheriff David Clarke manages the county jail, just as the White House is said to be considering the tough-talking lawman for a job.

Seven jail staffers could face criminal charges after the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office outlined a case for a jury that suggested disobedient inmates were routinely deprived of water as punishment and pleas for help were ignored.

Clarke wasn't among the seven staffers, including two supervisors, who the jury recommended should be charged because prosecutors say he wasn't directly involved in the events that led to the death...