PHOENIX — The fallout over Joe Arpaio’s legacy as the longtime sheriff of metro Phoenix is expected to linger on, even after he was ousted from office last year convicted of a crime this week.
The taxpayer cost from a racial profiling case that led to his criminal conviction is expected to reach $92 million by next summer.
People who were illegally detained when Arpaio violated a court order in the profiling case will still need to be compensated.
And Latinos say his legacy lives on in the form of fear.
A judge found Arpaio guilty of misdemeanor contempt-of-court Monday for intentionally defying a 2011 order in the profiling case to stop his patrols.
Arpaio, who plans to appeal the verdict, declined a request Tuesday for an interview.