PHOENIX — A judge chastised Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's attorneys for failing to hand over records in a racial profiling case and ordered federal officers to seize the documents, some of which were slated to be destroyed.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow called an emergency hearing Friday after a court-appointed monitor learned that the sheriff's office had failed to hand over more than 1,400 IDs that are part of a misconduct investigation into allegations that deputies regularly pocketed items during busts. The IDs were slated for destruction.
Snow also ordered the U.S. Marshals Service to seize 50 hard drivers from the sheriff's secret investigation involving the judge.
Arpaio attorney John Masterson says the court had no evidence that the IDs were kept improperly by Arpaio's office.
Arpaio didn't attend the hearing.