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Arizona sheriff tries to head off contempt-of-court hearings

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    Arizona sheriff tries to head off contempt-of-court hearings

    By JACQUES BILLEAUD
    Associated Press

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    AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

    PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona sheriff known for immigration crackdowns and a defiant political style has offered to publicly apologize and fork out money from his own pocket for his acknowledged violation of a court order in a racial-profiling case that barred his immigration patrols.

    The concession by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is intended to short-circuit contempt-of-court hearings next month that were ordered by the judge in the profiling case and could reveal embarrassing details about the sheriff's office.

    Arpaio's offer to end the civil case with the apology and payouts marks a rare public expression of contrition for the normally unapologetic lawman, whose immigration enforcement efforts helped win him popularity among voters but were eventually whittled down by Washington and the courts.

    Arpaio has offered to use his money to make a donation to a Hispanic group and to seek money from county government to compensate people harmed by his violation of the 2011 order that barred his officers from detaining people based solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally.

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