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Sheriff Arpaio, Chief Deputy Offer To Personally Pay $100K In Contempt Case

Sheriff Joe Arpaio
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There has been a surprising twist in the contempt of court case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

In court papers filed late Tuesday, Arpaio and his second in command, Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan, acknowledged they had repeatedly violated the court’s orders in a racial profiling lawsuit. They agreed they could be found in contempt of court. They are even offering to pay $100,000 of their own money to an organization working for Latino civil rights to make it right.

Steve Goldstein spoke to Fronteras Desk Senior Field Correspondent Jude Joffe-Block about why Arpaio and Sheridan are making such an offer, and what else is in their proposal.

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Jude Joffe-Block Senior Field Correspondent, Fronteras Desk - Phoenix KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Jude Joffe-Block got hooked on radio while working as an assitant to a radio reporter in Mexico, and has been happiest wearing headphones and pointing microphones ever since. Joffe-Block began serving KJZZ in October 2010 as a Fronteras: Changing America Senior Field Correspondent based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. She joined the Phoenix newsroom in July 2012. Before joining the Fronteras Desk, she contributed stories on immigration and criminal justice to KALW in San Francisco and multimedia content in both Spanish and English to The Associated Press in Mexico. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and Yale University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico.