Los Angeles Times
Posted with permission from Tribune Content Agency

Joe Arpaio, the Arizona lawman who once proclaimed himself to be "America's Toughest Sheriff" and was largely praised by conservatives for his hard-line policing tactics, was found guilty Monday of criminal contempt, bringing his tenure as a relentless crusader against illegal immigration to an end.

More than a month after lawyers wrapped up closing arguments, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton found Arpaio guilty for defying a judge's 2011 court order to refrain from racially profiling Latinos during patrols.

The 85-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 5 and could face up to six months in jail.

Arpaio served six terms as sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County before losing re-election last November.

He was known for crackdowns on illegal immigration and tough incarceration policies. He also previously boasted about cracking down on immigrants illegally in the country even after his department received profiling complaints.