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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaking with the media in Phoenix in 2013. Arpaio, known for his political defiance is back in the spotlight as he undergoes a second round of contempt-of-court hearings for his acknowledged disobedience of a judge's orders in a racial profiling case that centered on his signature immigration patrols. (Ross D. Franklin/AP File)
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaking with the media in Phoenix in 2013. Arpaio, known for his political defiance is back in the spotlight as he undergoes a second round of contempt-of-court hearings for his acknowledged disobedience of a judge's orders in a racial profiling case that centered on his signature immigration patrols. (Ross D. Franklin/AP File)
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A new round of federal contempt of court hearings began this week in Phoenix against Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County sheriff whose immigration enforcement tactics turned him into a national figure. Arpaio's hearings, originally predicted to last four days in April, reconvened on Thursday. He is facing allegations of defying a judge's order to stop detaining people solely based on the suspicion that they were in the United States illegally.

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd speaks with Jude Joffe-Block of Here & Now Contributor KJZZ for the latest on the hearings.

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This segment aired on September 25, 2015.

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