Arpaio lawyers file motion for acquittal

Former Sherriff Joe Arpaio's lawyers asked the judge for an acquittal in his case, arguing it was past the statute of limitations.

Lawyers for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio have filed a motion in federal court seeking a judgment of acquittal in his criminal contempt-of-court case.

The motion was filed Thursday evening, hours after the fourth day of testimony at Arpaio's trial over his defiance of a judge's 2011 order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.

Arpaio's attorneys say the case "is well beyond the one-year statute of limitations" and that the former six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix "has been wrongfully deprived of a trial by jury."

Prosecutors must prove the 85-year-old Arpaio intentionally violated the order to win a conviction.

If convicted, the retired lawman would face up to six months in jail although lawyers who have followed the case doubt he'll ever be incarcerated.

© 2017 Associated Press


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