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Judge finds Arizona detention officer in contempt of court

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s detention officer who was caught on video swiping a document from the case file of a defense attorney was found in contempt of court Wednesday.

But in typical fashion, he will get off with a slap on his wrist under Judge Gary Donahoe’s ruling



The Maricopa County Sheriff’s detention officer who was caught on video swiping a document from the case file of a defense attorney was found in contempt of court Wednesday.

But in typical fashion, he will get off with a slap on his wrist under Judge Gary Donahoe’s ruling.

All Adam Stoddard needs to do to put that charge behind him is to call a press conference and make a public apology to defense attorney Joanne Cuccia.

If he fails to do that by December 1, he will be ordered to report to jail.

So you would think he would comply with the judge’s order and be done with it.

Not if Sheriff Joe Arpaio has anything to do with it.

“My officer was doing his job and I will not stand by and allow him to be thrown to the wolves by the courts because they feel pressure from the media on this situation,” Arpaio said in a press release. He further said, “I decide who holds press conferences and when they are held regarding this Sheriff’s Office.”

Considering Arpaio runs the jails, he will probably ensure that Stoddard never serves a day in jail.

Under Arizona law, contempt of court is considered a Class 2 Misdemeanor and punishable by up to four months in jail.

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