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Arpaio set for deposition in contempt case for his acknowledged violations of judge's orders

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PHOENIX — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is scheduled to testify Wednesday in a deposition as part of a contempt-of-court case for the sheriff's acknowledged violations of court orders in a racial profiling case.

The closed-door testimony is being taken in advance of contempt hearings set next month for Arpaio and four aides for the violation of a 2011 order that barred the sheriff's immigration patrols.

The hearings also will focus on a botched effort by Arpaio's office to gather traffic-stop videos that were withheld in the profiling case.

Last week, Arpaio acknowledged the violations and proposed making a public apology and a $100,000 donation to a civil rights group.

The judge denied Arpaio's request to call off the hearings and said efforts to resolve the contempt case should continue.

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