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Depositions set to begin in preparation for Arpaio's upcoming contempt-of-court hearings

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PHOENIX — A series of depositions is set to begin Thursday in preparation for upcoming contempt-of-court hearings against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his acknowledged violations of court orders in a racial profiling case.

More than a dozen current and former sheriff's officers have been scheduled for depositions.

Contempt hearings that began in April are scheduled to resume Sept. 22.

The hearings could lead to fines, increased oversight of the agency and a possible criminal contempt hearing for the sheriff.

A sheriff's investigator will answer questions in a deposition Thursday.

Arpaio is slated to testify at a Sept. 17 deposition.

The sheriff has acknowledged that his office ignored a 2011 order barring his immigration patrols and withheld traffic-stop videos that were requested before the 2012 trial in the profiling case.

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