Civil Liberties

Joe Arpaio Alleged to Have Ordered Late-Night Arrest of Newspaper Publishers

The circuit court said the sheriff could be held liable for the act


Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio must face claims that he ordered the late-night arrests of two newspaper publishers who revealed the details of a subpoena, the full 9th Circuit ruled Wednesday.

The decision hands a significant victory to The Phoenix New Times, a weekly alternative newspaper that has been critical of the outspoken sheriff since he took office in the 1990s. After defending himself in court just last month against racial-profiling charges, Arpaio now potentially faces another trial.