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Arpaio's top managers won't face discipline for ignoring order to stop immigration patrols

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PHOENIX — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's top managers won't face discipline for failing to halt the lawman's signature immigration patrols after a judge in a racial profiling case had ordered them stopped.

The documents released Tuesday show the results of an administrative investigation launched by Arpaio's office to determine who was responsible for letting the patrols continue for about 18 months after U.S. District Judge Murray Snow had barred them.

Arpaio, who wasn't a target of the examination, told an investigator that he learned of Snow's December 2011 order several months after it was issued, even though the decision was the subject of several stories at the time that appeared in local media.

The sheriff and four aides are undergoing contempt-of-court hearings for failing to carry out the order.

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