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Sheriff Joe Is Now Officially Criminal Joe

The 84-year-old former sheriff could face up to six months behind bars for charges linked to his "immigration sweeps."

Former sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, was found guilty Monday on criminal contempt charges linked to his controversial "immigration sweeps."

The 84-year-old lawman, who once styled himself as "America's toughest sheriff," could face up to six months behind bars. The verdict, which follows a decade-long legal showdown, also marks the demise of Arpaio, an outspoken Trump surrogate who recently lost his bid for a seventh term as sheriff of Arizona's most populous county. The case stemmed from a 2007 class action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that accused Arpaio of targeting and unlawfully detaining Latino residents suspected of being undocumented immigrants. Continue reading on VICE News.