PHOENIX — Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio has added a shocking identify to the witness record for his upcoming felony contempt-of-courtroom trial.
He is looking for the testimony of Lawyer Basic Jeff Periods, whose company is prosecuting the lawman for defying a decide’s order to cease his immigration patrols.
Arpaio lawyer Jack Wilenchik says Periods’ testimony would underscore a contradiction between a present federal immigration coverage and the 2011 courtroom order that his shopper is charged with violating.
Arpaio has acknowledged violating the order, however insists his defiance wasn’t intentional.
The U.S. Justice Division did not instantly reply to a request for remark Thursday.
Paul Charlton, a former U.S. lawyer who is not concerned within the contempt case, says the probabilities of Periods testifying at Arpaio’s trial are slim to none.